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Joseph Syddall Artworks

Joseph Syddall Artworks

Joseph Syddall (1864 - 1942).

Joseph Syddall was the son of a carpenter, born in Old Whittington, Chesterfield, in 1864. His artistic abilities were recognised by Mary Swanwick, a patron of his village school, who offered to fund his place at Art School.

Syddall studied at the Herkomer Institute and worked alongside his mentor Sir Herbert Von Herkomer to illustrate Thomas Hardy's novel, Tess of the d’Urbervilles for The Graphic magazine.

Although Syddall is most well-known for his exquisite pencil drawings, he also had great skill when working in oil and pastel, as these examples show. The top image is 'Robin Hoods Bay' in pastel and the bottom image is 'The Tennis Party' in oil.

You can discover more of Syddall's oil paintings in our online exhibition.

Robin Hoods Bay

Tennis Party

Last updated on 31 March 2022