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Born: 1849, Bavaria, Germany
Died: 1914
Hubert von Herkomer settled in England in 1857. He studied art at the Royal College of Art from 1866, under the direction of Sir Luke Fildes. Von Herkomer first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1869, "The Last Muster" was one of the pictures of the year in 1875. He was influenced in watercolour painting by J. W. North, while spending time under his tutelage. Later von Herkomer himself founded a school of art in Middlesex, which he directed from its inception in 1883 until 1904. He had strong and unique ideas on teaching art. Besides painting, von Herkomer also did enamelling, directed theatre productions, created backdrops for them, and was engaged in a number of other artistic endeavors. Between 1912 and until his death in 1914 von Herkomer built a film studio on his estate in Hertfordshire. There he produced seven films including a comedy and costume dramas. They were released and shown in and around London, and at least one was shown in the United States, but to date, the whereabouts of the films remains unknown.


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