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A GROUP OF HOKUSAI PRINTS FROM THE NINETEENTH CENTURY COLLECTION OF VERNON WETHERED
Vernon Wethered was born in Bristol in 1865. After Clifton College and Oxford he was articled to a firm of lawyers, but he later suddenly decided to abandon the law for art. George Clausen, advised him to study at the Slade School in Gower Street, where he spent two years. In 1896 he married Mary Dingwall, and they lived at first in Sussex and later in London.
He became a member of the New English Art Club and also of the Burlington Fine Art Club. He exhibited his own paintings at the New English Art Club and also at the Grosvenor Gallery and the Redfern Gallery in the 1920s. His wife's brother, Kenneth Dingwall, was a noted collector of ceramics, and he and Vernon Wethered were among the founder members of the Oriental Ceramic Society.
He probably acquired the Japanese prints at various times during the late years of the nineteenth or the early years of the twentieth century. It is unlikely that he set out to make a methodical collection (in this way he differed from his brother-in-law Kenneth Dingwall), but, with his interest in landscape painting and in oriental art, it is easy to see why they appealed to him. It is possible that this interest was shared by his friends in the art world because a small print by Gakutei was given to him by Clausen at Christmas.
After his death in 1952, his collection of prints (among other drawings and pictures) passed to his two daughters and to his son, Vernon Dingwall Wethered, and later to younger members of the family.
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