Steer's blue plaque

Steer’s blue plaque

Philip Wilson Steer

Dates: 1860 - 1942 

Profession: Art

Address: 109 Cheyne Walk, SW10

Dates at address: 1898 - 1942

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Steer was son of painter Philip Steer and Emma Harrison. Originally taught by a governess at home he later moved to Hereford Cathedral School, then Gloucester School of Art and then a year at the Kensington Drawing School at the Department of Science and Art. Failing to get into the Royal Academy Schools he completed his education in Paris.

A founder of the New English Art Club in 1886, he and his group rebelled against the Royal Academy’s notion of art. He promoted impressionism and Monet clearly influenced his early works. The public and critics hated them and many remained unsold for years. His response was to tone down his style, resulting in something closer to Whistler. His later works concentrated on landscapes and portraits. Steer also taught at Slade School of Fine Art from 1893 to 1930.

After the death of his mother in 1898 Steer moved to Cheyne Walk, coinciding with his move towards landscape painting. He lived here with his beloved Welsh nurse Margaret Jones, made famous by his portrait of her, and was heart broken at her death in 1929. After this his health collapsed and he began to rapidly lose his sight. He died in his home in 1942 and was honoured with a memorial exhibition at the National Gallery the next year.

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