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Stephen Pearce

Biography of Artist

Address: 54 Queen Anne Street, Cavendish Square, London

Portrait and equestrian painter who studied at Sass’s Academy, the Royal Academy Schools in 1840 and became a pupil of Sir Martin Archer Shee in 1841. He was attached to the Royal Mews and paintings by him of favourite horses in the mews were exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1839 and 1841.

In 1851 he completed the picture ‘The Arctic Council Discussing a Plan of Search for Sir John Franklin’ which included the portraits of Back, Beechey, Bird, Parry, Richardson, Ross, Sabine and others which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1853. His best known picture was of the ‘Coursing at Ashdown Park’ (47 x 118”), and was presented to the Earl of Craven, which contained some 60 equestrian portraits was painted in 1869. The picture was engraved by Charles Mottram in 1872. Amongst his famous sitters were W.R. Stretton, Arthur Brook of the Bexhill Harriers, Freeman Thomas, Master of the Southdown Hounds and an equestrian portrait of George Williams, the 9th Earl of Coventry with hounds and huntsmen in the background.

He retired from active painting in 1888.

Exhibited:
Royal Academy x 92
Royal Society of British Artists x 3
Royal Institute of Oil Painters x 3