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John Melhuish Strudwick
Strudwick was born in Clapham and educated at StSaviours Grammar school. He found his feet in the mid 1870's when he acted as a temporary assistant first to J.R Spencer Stanhope and then Burne-Jones. Songs without words the picture with which he made his first and only appearance at the Royal Academy in 1876, shows his mature style formed, and it underwent little development from then on.
Strudwick lived all his adult life in Hammersmith or Bedford Park, not far from Burne-Jones and his fellow assistant in Burne-Jones's studio, T.M Rooke. The Rampart's of God's House is one of Strudwick's most elaborate works and particularly well known, having been illustrated and discussed in Shaw's article and Percy Bates's book The English Pre-Raphelite Painters. In technique Strudwick saw his pictures as elaborately crafted objects, rich in surface texture and linear pattern and glowing with jewel-like colours showing many echoes of Burne-Jones.
The signature and inscriptions on these works are by Mr Withers the acknowledged expert on Strudwick.