Orchardson, William Quiller (1832?-1910) by Scholes, Robert

William Quiller Orchardson (1832 – 1910) He was born in Edinburgh in 1832 or 1835 (older texts give the latter date), studied art at the Trustees’ Academy, and came to London in 1863. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from that year, and was elected ARA in 1868, and RA in 1877. Orchardson’s early work included various subjects from Shakespeare and other historical genres, but later he painted society pictures, concentrating on showing tense scenes of middle or upper class life, including a series of three paintings of marriages going bad, two of which are represented in our archive. Discussing his work in , Charles St. John singles out for praise , which now hangs in the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Liverpool. The New Age (NA 4.14:288) The Young Duke

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