Whilst the Museum is closed and our collections unable to be seen by visitors, we have created a weekly virtual museum with an Object of the Week feature from our collections.
Object of the Week : I is for Illustrated News
These engravings appeared in the Illustrated London News in the mid 1800s. The artist was one Frederick Tayler, whose watercolour paintings the Museum has in its collection.
Tayler was a famous 19th Century English landscape and watercolour painter and President of the Royal Watercolour Society. He was a particular favourite of Queen Victoria.
He was born in Boreham Wood in 1802 and at one time lived in Barham House, Elstree. Educated at Eton College and Harrow School, it was here he began to show artistic talent as a painter. He pursued his ambition by attending Sass’s School before moving onto Paris and Rome. Henry Sass was an English artist and teacher of painting, who founded an important art school in London to provide training for those seeking to enter the Royal Academy. Many distinguished British painters received their early training here including John Millais
Cottage Life is one of his works which resides in the Museum’s collection.