William Strang

1859 - 1921

Artist. Born in Dumbarton, the son of a builder, Strang studied at the Slade School (London) under the French artist Alphonse Legros (1837 - 1911), although was said to be a lazy pupil. Strang is known for his fine etchings and as a prolific portraitist, illustrator and print-maker. Amongst his 150 portraits of leading artistic and literary figures of the day are those of Robert Louis Stevenson, Rudyard Kipling, John Masefield and Thomas Hardy. He also illustrated many books such as Sinbad the Sailor and Ali Baba, Paradise Lost and Pilgrim's Progress.

Many of his works can be seen in the National Portrait Gallery (London). Strang was elected an RA in 1921 and died in Bournemouth, on the south coast of England, the same year.

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