(1873 - 1928)

The Coming of Spring

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Height: 72.39cm

Width: 106.68cm

Country: United Kingdom

Literature: Old Watercolour Society Magazine, 1928-29, illus.

Medium: Watercolour and bodycolour

Provenance: with Walter Stoye by 1928; Moss Gallery by 1985; private collection.

Full Description

Sims was born in Islington and studied at South Kensington, the Academie Julian, Paris and at the Royal Academy Schools. He first made his name at a one-man show at the Leicester Galleries in 1906 and he was elected ARA in the following year. In 1908 The Fountain was bought by the Chantrey Bequest and other works are now in public collections in this country and overseas. In 1918 he was appointed a war artist and sent to France. On his return he was made Keeper of the Royal Academy Schools, 1920-1926. Sims exhibited widely during his lifetime, sending a total of 116 works at the Royal Academy alone, however, he never recovered for the loss of his son in the First World War and took his own life in 1923.