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Edward Clifford
Dates: British, 1844 - 1907
Biographical Account:

Clifford was from Bristol but spent the majority of his life living in London.  He was from a reasonably prosperous background, though initially he worked as a clerk at a leather dealers. From his twenties, he juggled a life as an artist with his work for the Church Army for which he travelled abroad on missionary trips. In particular he assisted at leper colonies in India, Kashmir, Honolulu, Hawaii and Africa during the 1860s and 70s. In the same decades and until the 1890s he was also exhibiting his paintings at the Royal Academy, London.


In 1889 he published a book on his experiences with the leper colonies, called ‘Father Damien; A Journey from Cashmere to his Home in Hawaii’ which was illustrated with watercolours sketches of Hawaii. Clifford met Father Damien, a prominent missionary who worked exclusively in leper colonies a number of times, and was also friends with a number of other figures interested in social reform such as Octavia Hill, and the Cowper-Temple family, who were close friends with John Ruskin.

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