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Saturday, October 13, 2012

"The Flower Seller", By ~ Valetine Cameron Orinsep ~ 1838 - 1904.

Born in Calcutta, the son of an Indian civil servant who was able to afford a house in Holland Park, one of the most fashionable areas of London, and to send his son to Haileybury, Valetine Prinsep was also fortunate to have as his teacher, George Frederick Watts, an historical and portrait painter, now regarded as one of the foremost of the Victorian artists.
Watts, who seems to have been a permanent guest in the Prinseps' home - a meeting place for all the major artists, poets and writers of the day - eventually suggested that Valentine should go to Paris to complete his art education under Gleyre, who was considered by English students to be the best art teacher in France.
Prinsep returned to England and exhibited a hundred pictures at the Royal Academy from 1862 and 1904.

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