October 2018

Richard Morgan on local Victorian artist Henry John Sylvester Stannard

Richard Morgan gave an illustrated talk based on his short book on the life of the artist Henry John Sylvester Standard. Stannard lived in and around Bedford for much of his life. His first picture was accepted by the Royal Academy in 1897 and he exhibited nearly every year until 1920. His daughter, Theresa, was also an artist who specialised in gardens.. Sylvester painted primarily landscapes in the Victorian tradition. He was a much-married man – five times! Both Sylvester and his daughter were very involved in the local communities they lived.