James Macallan Swan was born at 51 High Street, Old Brentford, Middlesex on 9 December 1846 and by the mid-1850s had moved to Worcestershire. He studied art at Worcester School of Art; Lambeth School of Art; the Royal Academy Schools and at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, under Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904). Jules Bastien-Lepage (1848-1888) and P.A.J. Dagnan-Bouveret (1852-1919) were among his fellow students. He also received lessons in the sculpting of animal subjects from Emmanuel Frémiet (1824-1910) Following his return to England in c.1878, he worked primarily as an animal sculptor and painter. He exhibited frequently at the Royal Academy in London from 1878 to 1904. He also exhibited at Agnew & Sons Gallery, Carfax & Co. Gallery, Dudley Gallery, Goupil Gallery, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, New Gallery, and at the Royal Society of Painters in Water Colours in London: the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool; Manchester City art Gallery; Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts; Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin; and at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh.

Text source: Arts + Architecture Profiles from Art History Research net (AHRnet) https://www.arthistoryresearch.net/

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