St John's Wood Art School

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The St John's Wood Art School (a.k.a. The Wood or Calderon's Art School) was an art school in St John's Wood, north London, England.

The Art School was established in 1878 and was located on Elm Tree Road.[1] It was founded by two art teachers, Elíseo Abelardo Alvarez Calderón (1847-1911) and Bernard Evans Ward. Lewis Baumer and Byam Shaw were early students. Later students included Mina Loy, John Armstrong, Michael Ayrton, Gladys Baker, Gladys Barron, Eileen Bell, Enid Bell, Frank Beresford,[2] Alice May Cook, Marcia Lane Foster, Meredith Frampton, Kenneth Martin, G. K. Chesterton,[3] John Minton, Olive Mudie-Cooke, Edward Tennyson Reed,[4] Ursula Wood, Ivan Peries, Herbert James Draper,[5] Flora Lion, Gluck, Leonard Walker and Christopher R. W. Nevinson. Aina Onabolu, the first African to study art in England was a student at the School from 1920 to 1922.[6] Teachers at the School included Vanessa Bell, John Piper, Leonard Walker and John Skeaping.

The School subsequently became the Anglo-French Art Centre,[7] which was founded in 1946 by Alfred Rozelaar Green, who studied in Paris at the Académie Julian and Atelier Gromaire.[8]


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  3. ^ Oddie, William (April 2010). Chesterton and the Romance of Orthodoxy: The Making of GKC, 1874-1908}. ISBN 9780199582013.
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  5. ^ "Herbert Draper". Tate. 22 September 1920. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  6. ^ ArtWa (13 February 2019). "Aina Onabolu: Father of Modern Nigerian Art". ArtWa.Africa. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
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  8. ^ "Anglo-French Art Centre". Retrieved 21 August 2012.

Coordinates: 51°31′50″N 0°10′27″W / 51.5305°N 0.1743°W / 51.5305; -0.1743