1849, Bavaria, Germany
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
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