Sir John Arnesby Brown Artist
Artist and Footballer............not a lot of people know that!
Sir John Arnesby Brown was born at Ruddington in 1866 and he lived his early years at Pelham Close in The Park. He studied at The Nottingham School of Art under the landscape artist Andrew MacCalum. Between 1889 and 1892 he studied at Hubert von Herkomer's Bushey School of Art in Hertfordshire . Here at Blondes Fine Art we are great fans of the Bushey Alumni and have works for sale by both Lucy Kemp-Welch and Harry Becker.
From 1890, he began exhibiting works at the Royal Academy and the Tate Gallery, as well as Nottingham Castle. He was elected member of Royal Academy in 1915.He spent the following years alternating between Haddiscoe in Norfolk and St Ives before taking a house in Chelsea. In 1935, Norwich Castle Museum held a retrospective of his work and this was followed by a knighthood in 1938.
Before his artistic career really took off, Arnesby Brown, at the age of 18,played football for Notts County as an amateur.During the 1884/5 season, he played 11 times in league and cup, scoring four goals. He also had some international recognition when he was selected as a reserve for the England team. This reminds us of John Houston OBE the late husband of Elizabeth Blackadder who also started out as a footballer. Both were, in their own very different way, wonderful landscape artists.