Walter Taylor 1860-1943
Painter of town scenes, landscapes and interiors in both oil and watercolour. He was born in Leeds, trained as an architect and later took up painting. His Father was a tobacco manufacturer and Taylor had a privileged upbringing .He went to art school in Paris and studied under Fred Brown at the Royal College of Art. In 1899 he married Hylda Matheson but she tragically died on their honeymoon. In 1910-20 he moved to Bedford Square,Brighton , although he also kept a studio at 18 Fitzroy Street, London from 1915
First Solo exhibition with the Grafton Galleries 1911, he was a founder member & secretary of the Camden Town Group,
Member of the New English Art Club and he was a founder member of the London Group in 1913, exhibiting there until 1934. He travelled in Europe, occasionally in company with Walter Sickert in France and also painted extensively in both London and Brighton and Hove. He formed an important collection of paintings including Matisse, Bonnard, Vuillard, Dufy, Gilman, Matthew Smith, Gertler. His first one-man show was held in 1911 at the Grafton Gallery in London. A memorial show was held at The Leicester Galleries in London W1 in 1944.