He specialised in history paintings of the Tudor and Stuart period, and later painted problem pictures to puzzle the viewer. He died 100 years ago today.
Many of the great painters have been migrants. Here are examples from Canaletto to Sargent. Suppress migration, and art will be stifled.
Several Pre-Raphaelites painted this character from a Shakespeare comedy, but as a symbol of despondent isolation. Why?
Towards the end of his career, he campaigned for students at the Royal Academy Schools to have proper life classes with nude models. And a nude got him into trouble.
You may know him for ‘Broken Vows’, a famous problem picture about unfaithfulness in marriage. Here are some more of his works.