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Charles Rebel Stanton (1854-1954)

Charles Rebel Stanton (1887-1954)

At its most characteristic, the art of Charles Rebel Stanton exemplifies the Jazz Age in Britain, encompassing as it does both images of flappers for popular illustrated magazines and an Art Deco relief for the Queen Mary. Said to be trained as an architect, he became successful as an illustrator, painter and sculptor, and produced a range of work that included powerful scenes of devastation in both world wars.

Charles Rebel Stanton was born in Kentish Town, London, on 3 February 1887, the third of seven children of the book seller’s assistant, Charles Stanton, and his wife, Amelia (née Tate). At the time of the 1891 Census, the family was living at 22 Corinne Road, Islington. Nothing is known of Stanton’s education but, at the time of the 1901 Census, when he was 14 years old, he was working as a Science Assistant for the School Board of London, probably at a local school. By then, he and his family had moved to 121 South Street, Greenwich, and his father was working as a carpenter.

In The Art of the RMS Queen Mary (1994), Douglas M Hinkey describes Stanton as ‘a painter trained as an architect’.

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