James Bateman (artist)

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James Bateman
Born(1893-03-22)22 March 1893
Kendal, England
Died2 August 1959(1959-08-02) (aged 66)
London, England
Known forPainting, engraving

James Bateman RA (22 March 1893 – 2 August 1959) was an English painter and engraver specialising in agricultural topics, rural subjects and pastoral landscapes.

Life and work[edit]

Bateman was born in Kendal, the son of a blacksmith. During World War One he served with the Northumberland Fusiliers, the Machine Gun Corps and, from 1916, with the Artists Rifles.[1] Although he had studied sculpture at Leeds School of Art from 1910 to 1914, and won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art,[2] a serious war-time injury caused by a gunshot wound to the spine and lungs, led him to concentrate on painting, as it would be less physically demanding.[3] Bateman studied at the Slade School of Art between 1919 and 1921, and was a Rome Scholarship finalist in 1920.[4] After the Slade, Bateman taught art, first at the Cheltenham Art College, then the Hammersmith School of Art and, in 1929, at Goldsmith's College.[5] He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1924 onwards and was made a full member of the Academy in 1942.[6][7] He was also a member of the New English Art Club, the Cheltenham Group and the Cotswold Group.[2]

At the start of the Second World War Bateman worked as a Camouflage Officer at the Civil Defence Camouflage Establishment for the Ministry of Home Security in Leamington Spa. He was unhappy with the work and resigned, in March 1940, when offered a commission for four paintings on land work subjects by the War Artists' Advisory Committee. For the commission he visited farms in Cambridge, St. Albans and Reading and he completed three pictures, including one on the Women's Land Army, and was offered a further commission for two production subjects at Shoeburyness but he declined due to other commitments and the commission went to Kenneth Rowntree.[8]

After the war Bateman continued painting and teaching. In 1948 he was elected an Associete member of the Royal Watercolour Society.[9] He painted a number of boxing scenes and portraits of boxers including one of Freddie Mills in 1951.[10] In 1957 Bateman wrote Oil Painting, part of the How to do it series published by The Studio. He also began to experiment with new subjects, most notably Ancient Greek myths. He died in London from a combination of liver failure and pneumonia in 1959.[1]

Works by Bateman are held in the Tate, the Laing Art Gallery and the Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum.[11]


  1. ^ a b Gill Clarke (2008). The Women's Land Army A Portrait. Sansom & Company. ISBN 978-1-904537-87-8.
  2. ^ a b Benezit Dictionary of Artists Volume 1 A-Bedeschini. Editions Grund, Paris. 2006. ISBN 2 7000 3070 2.
  3. ^ Aberystwyth University School of Art. "James Bateman". Aberystwyth University. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  4. ^ David Buckman (1998). Artists in Britain Since 1945 Vol 1, A to L. Art Dictionaries Ltd. ISBN 0 95326 095 X.
  5. ^ Frances Spalding (1990). 20th Century Painters and Sculptors. Antique Collectors' Club. ISBN 1 85149 106 6.
  6. ^ University of Glasgow. "'James Bateman RA'". Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  7. ^ Royal Academy. "James Bateman, R.A". Royal Academy. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  8. ^ Imperial War Museum. "War artists archive, James Bateman". Imperial War Museum. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  9. ^ Grant M. Waters (1975). Dictionary of British Artists Working 1900-1950. Eastbourne Fine Art.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  10. ^ Mary Ann Wingfield (1992). A Dictionary of Sporting Artists 1650-1990. Antique Collectors' Club.
  11. ^ Paintings by or after James Bateman, Art UK. Retrieved 24 October 2013.

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