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William Barns Wollen

1857-1936

William Barnes Wollen was born to English parents in Leipzig in 1857. He studied at the Slade School, and exhibited his first painting at the Royal Academy in 1879. Wollen became best known for paintings in oil and watercolour of military subjects and portraits

William Barnes Wollen was born to English parents in Leipzig in 1857. He studied at the Slade School, and exhibited his first painting at the Royal Academy in 1879. Wollen became best known for paintings in oil and watercolour of military subjects and portraits

His artworks date from the 1880s through the Boer War, where he painted as a special artist for “The Sphere”. During the First World War Wollen was commissioned to paint “Fleurbaix, Christmas 1916”, using the profits from E H Thompson’s book “Light Diet”.

Wollen died in 1936.

Sources

  • Archives New Zealand Documentation, Series 898, National Collection of War Art