Landor, Arnold Henry Savage

PAINTER, EXPLORER, ANTHROPOLOGIST (ENGLAND)
BORN 2 Jun 1865, Firenze, Toscana - DIED 26 Dec 1924, Firenze, Toscana
GRAVE LOCATION Firenze, Toscana: Cimitero Degli Inglesi, Piazzale Donatello, 38

Arnold Henry Savage Landor was the grandson of the author Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864). His father was Charles Savage Landor (d.1917) and his mother was Esmeralda Piselli (d.1915). He grew up in Florence where he studied painting with the Irish painter Harry Jones Thaddeus. He left for Paris when he was fifteen years old and there Gustave Boulanger and Jules Lefebvre were his teachers at the Académie Julian. During a visit to London he met Charles Swinburne and Theodore Watts, who had known his grandfather.

After that he travelled to America, painting landscapes and portraits during his travels. In the USA he painted president Benjamin Harrison and president Lincoln's granddaughter. In Chicago het met Lilly Langtry. With the money he travelled to Japan (1889), Korea and China, In 1891 he went to Australia. After his return to England Queen Victoria received him at Balmoral to tell about his travels and to show his drawings. Further travels brought him to Nepal and Tibet (1897) resulting in his books "In the Forbidden Land" (1898) and "Tibet and Nepal" (1905).

During the Boxer Rebellion he travelled to China and in 1901 he published "China and its Allies". In 1901 he travelled from Russia to India. He also visited the Philippines and Brazil (1911-1912) and many more publications followed. During the First World War he was involved in the design of tanks and airships in Italy. He returned to Florence to write his autobiography "Everywhere, the Memoirs of an Explorer" (1924) and he died there in 1924.

Related persons
• knew Bernhardt, Sarah
• visited D'Annunzio, Gabriele
• was a friend of Whistler, James MacNeill

Images

The grave of Arnold Savage Landor at the Cimitero Degli Inglesi, Firenze.
Picture by Androom (03 Feb 2011)

 

Sources
Wikipedia (EN): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arnold_Henry_Savage_Landor


Lane, Sarah

Published: 08 Mar 2022
Last update: 08 Mar 2022