The Alhambra

Watercolour by George Wynne Apperley, RI (1884-1960)

George Wynne Apperley was born to an aristocratic Welsh military family on the Isle of Wight. Although he trained at Sandhurst, he showed a preference for art, much to the disapproval of his family. He enrolled at the Herkomer School of Art (Bushey, Herts) in 1903 but was expelled and joined the anti academy movement. Even so, the Royal Academy in London accepted his work as part of a collective exhibition in 1904; his first solo show was two years later.

In 1913 George travelled to Spain alone to paint and was particularly impressed with Granada and the Alhambra Palace. He lived there permanently between 1917 until 1933. In 1918 he held an exhibition in Madrid which was opened by King Alfonso XIII and his English Queen.

The beautiful depiction of the palace was drawn from the terrace of his home at Alhambra and dates from the 1920’s.

The Alhambra

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