Joseph Ratcliffe Skelton

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Joseph Ratcliffe Skelton, often called J. R. Skelton, was a prolific English illustrator, working in watercolour and oils among other media. He was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1865, son of Thomas Simpson Skelton and Sarah Knott; he was the fourth of six children. His father had been a bookbinder but became a photographer and photographic printer, moving to South Mimms, Middlesex by 1881. He married Violet G. Hastie in Richmond, Surrey in 1912.[1]

He was active as an artist from the late 1880s, working in London. He painted figures, illustrations, and genre scenes. His paintings were exhibited in the Royal Academy, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours. He was a member of the Royal West of England Academy. He died in North Kensington, Middlesex on 6 November 1927.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ "Joseph Ratcliffe Skelton: Artist". Look and Learn History Picture Archive. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2020.
  2. ^ "J. R. Skelton". Visual Haggard. Retrieved 5 December 2020.
  3. ^ Johnson, Jane; Greutzner, A. (1994). British Artists 1880-1940. Vol. 5. Woodbridge: Antique Collectors' Club. p. 463.
  4. ^ Waters, Grant (1975). Skelton, Joseph Ratcliffe, R.W.A. (fl. 1920s). Eastbourne: Eastbourne Fine Art. p. 303.