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Walter Paget: Artist

Posted in Art, Artist on Thursday, 7 July 2011

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Walter Paget was a British illustrator.

picture, Walter Paget, painter, illustrator, artist, Cleopatra

Cleopatra, as seen by artist Walter Paget

Born Walter Stanley Paget in Clerkenwell, London, in 1862, he was the sixth of ten children born to Robert Paget, the vestry clerk of St. James and St. John in Clerkenwell, and his wife Martha (née Clarke). He was the younger brother of Henry Marriott Paget and Sidney Edward Paget, both well known illustrators. Like his brothers he attended the Royal Academy Schools.

Walter Paget became a well known figure painter and illustrator for books and magazines, contributing to Cassell’s, The English Illustrated Magazine, The Graphic, Illustrated London News, Little Folks, The Pall Mall Magazine, The QuiverThe Strand Magazine, The Windsor Magazine and Young England amongst others. He worked as a staff artist on The Sphere from 1900.

It is said that his brother, Sidney Paget, used Walter as the model for his famous illustrations of Sherlock Holmes.

Married Solphie Borgnet Grenfell in Tavistock, Devonshire, in 1889. Paget, who lived at Devon Cottage, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, died at The Clock House, Focksbury, near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, on 29 January 1935.

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