Thursday, March 01, 2007

W. Douglas Almond

William Douglas Almond, R.I., R.O.I. and R.B.A., was born in Marylebone, London, in 1866 and became a well-known painter of mostly historical subjects, especially known for his Roundheads and Cavaliers. The son of William Almond, a draper's clerk, and his wife Janet, he exhibited in most of the principal galleries of London from 1886, mainly at Suffolk Street, but also at the Royal Academy from 1893. He was a member of the Langham Sketching Club and also worked for the Illustrated London News, The Boy's Own Paper, The Studio and elsewhere.

Almond was still living with his father at the time of the 1901 census (his mother having died in 1900).

He lived most of his life in London where he died on 12 March 1916. An exhibition of Almond's work was held at E. Brown & Phillips, The Leicester Galleries, in May 1916.

Illustrated Books
Lloyd's Yesterday and To-day by Henry M. Grey. London, John Haddon, 1893.
Westward Ho! or, The Voyages and Adventures of Sir Amyas Leigh, Knight, of Burrough, in the county of Devon in the reign of Her Most Glorious Majesty Queen Elizabeth by Charles Kingsley (abridged for schools). London & New York, Macmillan, 1895.
"Brittany in War-time. Sketches in colour by the late W. Douglas Almond, with a prefatory note by James Greig. London, Ernest Brown & Phillips, 1916.

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