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Stanley Anderson, The National Gallery

Interior with figures sleeping on seat in left foreground, two Spanish paintings on wall in left middleground, doorway to right with room with standing and seated figures and two paintings.

Stanley Anderson
Stanley Anderson was born at 11 North Road, Bristol, on 11 May 1884, the son of the general and heraldic engraver, Alfred Ernest Anderson, and his wife, Emma Bessie (née Mitchell). He had a twin sister, Rosa, and a younger sister, Irene. Anderson attended the Merchant Venturers’ Technical College, Bristol, and, while there, determined to become an artist. Somewhat against his will, he became apprenticed to his father at the age of 15 but, as a result, learned the founding skill of his art: engraving on metal with precision. Out of the meagre earnings of an apprentice, he paid to attend a weekly evening class at Bristol Municipal School of Art, and study under its Principal, the painter-engraver, Reginald Bush. In 1907, he also joined the Bristol Savages, a club for artists, writers and musicians that included Bush among its members.The printmaker and painter, Stanley Anderson, was a major figure in the revival of line engraving between the WWI and WWII. If his long career allowed for a diverse range of subjects, his skill was displayed particularly well in a series of prints of farm workers and rural craftsmen. His work is represented in numerous public collections, including the British Museum and the V&A; and the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford) and The Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge).
The National Gallery, c. 1940
Overall: 13 1/16 x 15 15/16 in. (33.2 x 40.5 cm)
Gift of C. William and Eleanor Reiquam