James Collinson

(1825—1881) genre painter

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(b Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, 9 May 1825; d London, 24 Jan. 1881).

English painter. He was one of the original members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB) in 1848, but he left it in 1850 because he felt it was incompatible with his Roman Catholic faith and in 1852 began training to be a Roman Catholic priest. Another change of heart followed, and in 1854 he returned to painting, specializing in pretty and sentimental genre scenes, the best known of which is The Empty Purse of 1857 (versions in Tate, London, and Graves AG, Sheffield). He is probably the least known of the PRB and the most remarkable talent he showed at their meetings was his ability to fall asleep at any time.

Subjects: Art.

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