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Philip Wilson Steer OM NEAC (1860-1942)


Philip Wilson Steer, OM NEAC (1860-1942)

Wilson Steer was one of the most interesting and significant British painters working at the turn of the twentieth century. His career subsumed early Impressionist experimentation within a developing traditionalism that emulated Constable and Turner.

Philip Wilson Steer was born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, on 28 December 1860, the youngest of three children of the painter, Philip Steer, and his wife, Emma (née Harrison). In 1864, he moved with his family to Apsley House, Whitchurch, Herefordshire, and was initially educated at home by a governess. In 1871, the year that his father died, he began to attend a local preparatory school, and, in 1875, advanced to Hereford Cathedral School, remaining there for two years. While there, he obtained a nomination to join the Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum, as he had an interest in coins.

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