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Émile Antoine Verpilleux
English, (1888–1964)
Émile Antoine Verpilleux MBE was an Anglo-Belgian artist who specialised in woodcut printmaking. He was the first artist to have hung a coloured print work at the Royal Academy. Born in Notting Hill, London, to a Belgian father and a Scottish mother, he was educated in France for two years at the age of 10, but was otherwise brought up in England. He began his art education at the Regent Street Polytechnic and then at the age of 18, moved to the Antwerp Académie des Beaux Arts. He returned to the UK after three years and worked as an occasional illustrator for monthly magazines. A commission to illustrate the book The Charm of Beautiful Nonsense, by E Temple Thurston, resulted in more illustration work and gave Verpilleux the financial freedom to spend time developing his woodcut printing techniques.

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