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Wynford Dewhurst (1864 - 1941), artist and writer on art

Wynford was born in Manchester of the 26th January 1864. He was taught by a private tutor and proceeded to Mintholme College. Although he was originally going to enter the legal profession, his flair for art led to articles and to drawings being published in various journals etc. He subsequently studied art at École des Beaux-Arts, Paris where he studied under Jean-Léon Gérome and at the ateliers of Julien and Colarosis.

Wynford's style was strongly influenced by the impressionists and particularly Monet and he was known for his views of the countryside around Dieppe and of the Seine valley. His work was exhibited worldwide including shows in Paris, London, Venice and exhibited at Buenos Aires, Rome and the Royal Academy etc.

Wynford lectured on modern painting, and published on French landscapists in The Artist and The Studio. In 1909 he wrote a book-length study entitled Impressionist Painting: its Genesis and Development and dedicated it to Monet.

In 1898, after living in Paris, Dewhurst came to Leighton Buzzard, and was back again in the town in 1907. From 1907 to 1910 he sat on Buckinghamshire County Council. Subsequently he moved to Tunbridge Wells and by 1917 he was in Hampstead.

Wynford was married to Antonia, with whom he had three sons and three daughters. He died on the 9th July 1941, at 145 Belvedere Road, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire and was buried at Repton, Derbyshire.

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