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William Shackleton

'Children on the Shore' Oil on Canvas, 71x71cm.

Children on the Shore


William Shackleton 1872-1933

Provenance: Royal Academy Exhibit 1900.

William Shackleton, a painter of subject interest and landscapes, he was born in Bradford on January 14th 1872. The son of a paper manufacturer and merchant, William was educated locally at Bradford Grammar School. On leaving school he went on to study at Bradford Techical College. His training at Bradford enhanced his natural abilities in drawing and painting, enabling him to win a scholarship to the Royal College of Art in 1893.

In 1896 a further scholarship from the British Institute enabled him to persue his studies in Paris and Italy. William Shackleton was highly influenced by Turner and his acquaintance Watts, the master of symbolism. Indeed shackleton described his own work as 'conscientious symbolism'.

On his return to England, Shackleton settled in Fulham. He shared a studio with fellow painters Philip Connard and Oliver Onions in Chelsea. He spend the summer months with Edward Stott in Sussex. He began to exhibit on a regular basis: 1895-1919 Included in exhibitions at the Royal Academy, 1899 Exhibited with the New English Art Club, finally becoming a member in 1909.

1910 Solo show at the Goupil Gallery 1913 A further show at the Twenty-One Gallery 1910-1922 Represented Britain at the Venice Biennale 1919 After WWI, he acquired a cottage beneath Goredale Scar, and spent much time painting the area. 1927 Exhibition at Barbizon House

He died in London on 9th January 1933. A memorial exhibition was held in Bradford that year at Cartwright Hall.

Examples of Shackleton's work can be found locally at Cartwright Hall and nationally at the Tate.