Belcher, George Frederick Arthur (1875-1947) by Scholes, Robert

George Frederick Arthur Belcher (1875 – 1947)

He was born in London and educated at the Berkhamstead School, also studying at the Gloucester School of Art. From 1909 on he exhibited at the Royal Academy, but he became very well known for his drawings in Punch, the Tatler, and Vanity Fair . He lived for a time in Knightsbridge, and then at Chiddingfold in Surrey, where he spent his last years. Writing as B. H. Dias, Ezra Pound praised Belcher this way: “George Belcher’s ‘Life and Character’ show . . . presents him as a much more skilful workman than anyone would ever guess from the reproductions of his work in the ‘Tatler.’ He excels in his gradations of black and grey, and has in him, surprisingly, as much of the black and white artist as of the popular joker” (NA23.4:59).

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