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Sir Bernard Partridge RI NEAC (1861-1945)


Sir Bernard Partridge, RI NEAC (1861-1945)

During a career with
Punch that lasted over fifty years, Bernard Partridge produced direct, magisterial comment, founded on an academic tradition and making much use of symbolism. He was greatly respected for both his portraiture and his minute attention to detail.

Bernard Partridge was born in London on 11 October 1861, the third son and sixth child of Professor Richard Partridge FRS, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, and Fanny Turner. His uncle, John Partridge, was Portrait Painter Extraordinary to Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort. Educated at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire, he returned to London to complete his studies at the West London School of Art. Between 1880 and 1884, he worked as a decorator of church interiors and a stained-glass window designer.

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