Stephen Baghot de la Bere, RI (1877-1927)
Though initially influenced by the broad poster style of fellow London Sketch Club member, John Hassall, Stephen Baghot de la Bere developed an atmospheric use of watercolour that was equally suitable for the romantic and the gruesome.
Baghot De La Bere was born at Burbage Hall, Leicestershire and was educated at Ilkley College, Yorkshire and in Folkstone. ‘He studied art in Leicester and at the Westminster School of Art, under William Mouat Loudan, and worked from Kensington for most of his career. Influenced at first by the broad poster style of John Hassall, a fellow member of the London Sketch Club, he developed an atmospheric use of watercolour which was equally suitable for the romantic and the gruesome. Working primarily as a periodical illustrator, he produced contributions of great visual distinction which were too often married to trite captions. He published some book work for A & C Black, but appears never to have had the opportunities of his friend Edmund Dulac. However, he was elected to the membership of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water-Colour in 1907. During the First World War, he as a lieutenant in the Royal Garrison Artillery and served in France. He died on 29 July 1927.