John Phillip

(1817 Aberdeen - 1867 London)

Bourn to a poor family in Aberdeen, he was apprenticed as a house painter and glazier. However, his talent was recognised at an early age and Lord Panmure paid for his studies in London, first with Thomes Musgrave Jay, and then at the Royal Academy of Arts. He became a member of The Clique, a group of students organised by Richard Dadd, as followers of Hogarth and David Wilkie. Like Wilkie, Phillip started with carefully detailed paintings of Scottish crofters and pious families. His style changed dramatically after a six months stay in Seville in 1851, advised by his doctor. Phillip's style became much bolder, broader and painterly, influenced by Murillo and Velazquez. He returned several times to Spain, painting everyday colourful street life. He was also a very talented portrait painter, commissioned by Queen Victoria. Phillip became a full member of the Royal Academy in 1859. Died of stroke while staying with a friend i Kensington, on his way back from a study trip to Italy.


Study of a Spaniard I oil on panel 14x12cm | inscribed on verso Painted by the late John Philip RA