Sir Alfred East was born in Kettering, Northamptonshire and, after his time at the Glasgow School of Art, studied in Paris under Adolphe-William Bouguereau before settling in London in 1873. His distinctive palette of pale browns and greens and idealisation of the landscape show the influence of the French Barbizon painters, who perceived the countryside in the form of an escape from urban banality. — Peter Nahum

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The Fine Art Society Story. Part I. London: The Fine Art Society, 2001.

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