RANDOLPH SCHWABE RWS LG NEAC (1885-1948)

Randolph Schwabe was born on 9 May 1885, the son of a Manchester cotton merchant whose father had emigrated from Germany. The family soon moved to Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, where his father became a stationer, and Randolph was educated privately. read more...

Randolph Schwabe was born on 9 May 1885, the son of a Manchester cotton merchant whose father had emigrated from Germany. The family soon moved to Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, where his father became a stationer, and Randolph was educated privately. He revealed a prodigious talent for drawing, and at the age of fourteen studied for a short time at the Royal College of Art. However, in 1900, he transferred to the Slade School of Fine Art, and found that he much preferred its atmosphere of greater artistic freedom. After five years, he took advantage of a Slade scholarship, and went to Paris to study under Jean Paul Laurens at the Acadamie Julian. From there he travelled to Italy, staying in Rome and visiting Florence and other Italian cities. He then took to teaching in order to supplementö the income made from the sale of paintings shown at the London Group (elected 1915), the New English Art Club (elected 1917) and other venues.
Following the First World War, in which he was an Official War Artist, Schwabe began to work for Cyril Beaumont, writer, publisher and balletomane. He designed wooden figures based on dancers in Diaghilev’s ballet and, during the nineteen-twenties, decorated and illustrated several books for the Beaumont Press. He also had an interest in theatrical and historic dress, in 1925 illustrating Francis Kelly’s Historic Costume. At the same time he continued to teach, including S R Badmin (at the Royal College) and Lynton Lamb (at Camberwell School of Art) among his pupils.
In 1930, Schwabe replaced Henry Tonks as Professor of the Slade School. Schwabe followed Tonks’ initiative by giving responsibility for painting to his friend Allan Gwynne-Jones, and allowing himself to concentrate on imparting the skill of drawing. Two years later, Sir Charles Tennyson described his approach to teaching in The Sunday Times as ‘enthusiastic, sympathetic and scholarly’. Despite his German origins, his own work was grounded in the English watercolourists of the eighteenth century, and it was no surprise that he was elected an associate of the Royal Society of Painters in Water-Colour in 1938, and a full member four years later. During the Second World War, he supervised the evacuation of the art school to Oxford, but also worked as an Official War Artist commissioned to record war damage. He continued as Slade Professor until his death on 19 September 1948, at his daughter’s home at Helensburgh, Dumbartonshire. Three years later, the Arts Council of Great Britain mounted a memorial exhibition of his work.

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STANDING FEMALE NUDE: WITH ARMS BEHIND HER BACK by RANDOLPH SCHWABE

STANDING FEMALE NUDE: WITH ARMS BEHIND HER BACK

THE THREE DAWS AND THE TOWN PIER, GRAVESEND, KENT by RANDOLPH SCHWABE

THE THREE DAWS AND THE TOWN PIER, GRAVESEND, KENT

THE QUADRANT, REGENT STREET by RANDOLPH SCHWABE

THE QUADRANT, REGENT STREET

NASH'S HOUSE, NO 14 REGENT STREET by RANDOLPH SCHWABE

NASH'S HOUSE, NO 14 REGENT STREET

KNITTING, WITH THE CAT by RANDOLPH SCHWABE

KNITTING, WITH THE CAT

STILL LIFE WITH FLOWERS AND A BUST by RANDOLPH SCHWABE

STILL LIFE WITH FLOWERS AND A BUST

SELF PORTRAIT by RANDOLPH SCHWABE

SELF PORTRAIT

PLACE DE LA GRANDE ECOLE, SISTERON, FRANCE by RANDOLPH SCHWABE

PLACE DE LA GRANDE ECOLE, SISTERON, FRANCE

TOWARDS BICKINGTON, DEVON by RANDOLPH SCHWABE

TOWARDS BICKINGTON, DEVON

LAYING THE TABLE by RANDOLPH SCHWABE

LAYING THE TABLE

BEX MILL, HEYSHOTT, SUSSEX by RANDOLPH SCHWABE

BEX MILL, HEYSHOTT, SUSSEX

AN ELECTRICIAN AND HIS TOOLS by RANDOLPH SCHWABE

AN ELECTRICIAN AND HIS TOOLS

BASIL BURDETT by RANDOLPH SCHWABE

BASIL BURDETT

DR ROBERT HUTCHISON by RANDOLPH SCHWABE

DR ROBERT HUTCHISON

ST PETER'S FROM THE PIAZZA DEI PROTOMARTIRI ROMANI, ROME by RANDOLPH SCHWABE

ST PETER'S FROM THE PIAZZA DEI PROTOMARTIRI ROMANI, ROME

THE RAILWAY BRIDGE AT THE CONFLUENCE OF THE BUECH AND DURANCE, SISTERON, FRANCE by RANDOLPH SCHWABE

THE RAILWAY BRIDGE AT THE CONFLUENCE OF THE BUECH AND DURANCE, SISTERON, FRANCE

BRENTFORD by RANDOLPH SCHWABE

BRENTFORD

ON CERTAIN AFTERNOONS IN THE WEEK THERE WERE OPERATIONS by RANDOLPH SCHWABE

ON CERTAIN AFTERNOONS IN THE WEEK THERE WERE OPERATIONS

THE LECTURER CAME IN ... HE SPOKE OF ANATOMY WITH ENTHUSIASM by RANDOLPH SCHWABE

THE LECTURER CAME IN ... HE SPOKE OF ANATOMY WITH ENTHUSIASM

'THIS IS MISS WILKINSON, PHILIP,' SAID MRS CAREY by RANDOLPH SCHWABE

'THIS IS MISS WILKINSON, PHILIP,' SAID MRS CAREY