Maurice William Greiffenhagen RA (1862-1931)

Illustration from The Windsor Magazine

Maurice Greiffenhagen was a London-born painter, who in the 1890s and 1900s also did a lot of illustrative work, including striking action scenes drawn with a vigorous line. His illustrations include pictures for a series of novels by Rider Haggard, and he also contributed to various magazines of around the turn of the century, such as The Windsor Magazine. His paintings are very different, in some cases being of the idyllic school, sometimes symbolist, and sometimes in a flat, decorative style that lent itself well to decorative schemes.

He studied at the RA Schools, and became ARA in 1916 and RA in 1922. His reputation was established when the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, bought his picture The Idyll, and the Chantrey Bequest later bought two of his pictures for the nation - Women by a Lake and Dawn, both buried somewhere in the Tate Gallery collection.

In the 1900s, Greiffenhagen turned increasingly to portraiture, and in 1906 he was given charge of the Life Department at the Glasgow School of Art, a position he retained for 23 years despite complaining of the difficulty of travelling so far and so often from London.

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