ARTHUR HAYTHORNE STUDD 1863-1919
b.Hallerton Hall, Leicestershire in 1865 of wealthy family famed in the cricketing world.educated at Eton and Cambridge.
Studd, known as 'Peter' since his art student days, studied at the Slade School of Art in London under Legros.One of his contempories was William Rothenstein who described him as having:
"a child-like nature and affectionate sympathy which endeared him to everybody"
and then at the Académie Julian in Paris, where he met Whistler around 1892.He set himself up in a large suite of rooms near the Rue du Bac.
However, he did not become fully acquainted with Whistler until his return to London in 1894, when he became Whistler's neighbour in Chelsea. From this date Studd and Whistler, whom Studd called the 'Master', were in correspondence. They also worked together at Lyme Regis and Dieppe. The subdued tone and limited range of colour of Studd's landscapes were greatly influenced by those of Whistler.
Around 1897 Whistler drew a charcoal portrait of Studd, Arthur H. Studd. It remained in Whistler's studio until his death, when it came into the possession of Whistler's sister-in-law and executor Rosalind Birnie Philip. An inscription on the verso in her handwriting, 'To Arthur H Studd / in affectionate remembrance / from 'The ladies of the family' / August 11th. 1903', suggests that she had intended to present the work to Studd, but it was eventually bequeathed to the University of Glasgow.
Studd had a large private income and bought a number of Whistler pastels and paintings, including Chelsea fruit shop ,Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl , Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Cremorne Lights and Nocturne: Black and Gold - The Fire Wheel Whistler declared in 1894 that he was glad that Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl was in the 'sympathetic care of a confrère'. The previous owner, the wallpaper manufacturer John Gerald Potter, who had also at one time owned Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Cremorne Lights y115, had purchased the painting for less than £150. He sold it to Studd in 1893 for £1400. C. L. Freer of Detroit offered Studd £250,000 for Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl , Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Cremorne Lights and Nocturne: Black and Gold - The Fire Wheel, but Studd refused to sell. All three were bequeathed by Studd, against the wishes of Whistler, to the National Gallery in London in 1919 and transferred to the Tate Gallery in 1951. He also bought several lithographs by JW from the Fine Art Society in 1895.
Inspired by Paul Gauguin, Studd travelled to Tahiti in 1897. He left his manservant Auguste with Whistler for a short period in January of that year.
His work is represented in the Tate Gallery, York Museums Trust and The Hepworth in Wakefield.
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