Harold Gilman

"Harold Gilman was one of the main instigators in the formation of the Camden Town Group. As the art critic Frank Rutter later recalled, Gilman was ‘an incorruptible puritan, who would have no half-measures, no bargaining, but stood solid for root-and-branch reform’ and so ‘consistently advocated the formation of a new society’.

Despite dying at the age of 43 in 1919, his strong-minded and ardent personality, as revealingly displayed in Walter Sickert’s portrait of c.1912, meant that he made a lasting impact on the British art world at the beginning of the 20th century.

Harold John Wilde Gilman was born on 11 February 1876 at Rode in Somerset. He was the second of 7 children of the curate of Rode, John Gilman, and Emily Purcell Gulliver. In 1890 Gilman began boarding at Tonbridge School, north of Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent, after his father secured the living of the villages of Snargate with Snave in Romney Marsh, near the south-east coast. It was at Tonbridge School that Gilman badly injured his hip in 1891, leaving him incapacitated for nearly 3 years, during which time he discovered his love of art.

After attending Oxford University for just a year in 1894–5, Gilman left either owing to ill-health or because he decided to tutor the children of an English family in Odessa, where he stayed for about a year." More at http://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/camden-town-group/harold-gilman-r1105360
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