1956/1 Lord Methuen A.R.A.
Exhibited Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 1956 Catalogue No. 1260
Modelled between 7/2/1956 and 25/2/1956 in 5 sittings.
Lord Methuen 1886-1974
A painter of wide ranging talents and subjects including landscape, architectural and figure in oil, watercolour and pastel, Lord Methuen was born Paul Ayshford Methuen, in 1884 in Corsham, Wiltshire and educated at Eton and New College, Oxford. He was the 4th Baron Methuen and dedicated to the Arts. In 1946 he made his ancestral seat, Corsham Court available to the Bath Academy of Arts, along with eight large houses for student lodgings in the town itself. Lord Methuen was well known to, and fondly remembered by the students at Corsham Court. He studied art under Sir Charles Holmes and later Walter Sickert.
He went to work in South Africa from 1910 to 1914, but returned to serve in France in the Scots Guards in the First World War. Lord Methuen was elected a member of the RBA in 1939, NEAC 1943, ARWS 1944, ARA 1951, RWS 1952, and RA 1959. Lord Methuen was President of the RWA from 1940 to 1967 and he encouraged the Academy to ensure that all future Presidents were artists. He had a large retrospective exhibition filling all the galleries in 1970. He died after a short illness in 1974. His work is represented in many public collections. [Archive of Royal West of England Academy]
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