Cecil Constant Philip Lawson, ‘military painter and writer’ (as he described himself) was born in Kensington on 20th September 1880, the son of Cecil Gordon Lawson, landscape painter, and his wife, Constance, eldest daughter of the sculptor John Birnie Philip. Constance was a specialist flower painter who exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Grosvenor Gallery, while her younger sister, Beatrice, married two well-known artists: the architect/designer Edward William Godwin and the painter James Abbot McNeil Whistler. Cecil (junior) was educated at Charterhouse and spent many early years in Paris, where he exhibited at the Salon, played football for the Sporting Club de Paris and joined a circle of military artists, among whom he developed a distinctive style of painting.

Text source: Art Detective

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