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John Brett
Dates: British, 1830 - 1902
Biographical Account:

John Brett was born in Reigate in Surrey in 1831, the son of a regimental veterinary surgeon. Brett was interested in both astronomy and painting, but after receiving drawing lessons from J.D. Harding (1798-1863), painter and printmaker, he chose to study art.


He was introduced to Richard Redgrave (1804-1888) by Harding, and was encouraged to draw casts in the British Museum. He then became a student at the Royal Academy Schools in 1853. Despite this academic teaching, John Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites had a profound effect upon him and greatly influenced his art. He died in Putney, London in 1902.

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