John Charles Dollman

A well-known English artist. Dollman was born in Hove on 6 May 1851 and moved to London to study at the South Kensington School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools, after which he set up a studio at Bedford Park, London. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1870 to 1912, and was elected RWS (Member of the Royal Watercolour Society) in 1913. Dollman was also an illustrator, working in black and white as well as colour for magazines, such as the Graphic, during and after the 1800's. Some of his early work has been said to have influenced Vincent Van Gogh.

His best known work is possibly A London Cab Stand (1888), focussing on a group of horses in a stormy scene. He composed at least three variants of this picture, and there are other instances where he made copies or near-copies of individual pictures. In the 1890s he painted pictures of soldiers, and some less well regarded genre pictures of people with animals. He also painted wild animal pictures without attempting any narrative content.

Dollman received tangible recognition for drawing from the living model and for historical paintings. The Bronze Medal was presented to him at the Paris Exhibition in 1900, and the Bronze Medal First Order of Merit at Adelaide in 1887. He was a Fellow of the Entomological Society.

Dollman's works are in the collections of various galleries. The Immigrants' Ship (1884) is in the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. 'The Ravager' is owned by the Trustees of the Royal Watercolour Society, London. A version of The Unknown is in the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle. A London Cab Stand is in the London Museum. A Dog's Home, Table d'Hote (1879) is in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, and During the Time of the Sermonses (1896), an odd picture of a pair of religious people approaching two golfers, is in the collection of the Harris Museum, Preston, while 'Famine' (1904) is at the Salford Museum and Art Gallery. "Ride of the Valkyries" is located in the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.

Dollman died in London on 11 December 1934, aged 83. He was the father of the noted zoologist and tazonomist Captain John Guy Dollman.

b.1851, d.1934


Works by this Artist