Garratt, Arthur Paine (1873-1955)

Garratt, Arthur Paine (1873-1955)

Arthur Paine Garratt was an accomplished British painter of portraits and interiors. He trained at the City of London School and exhibited at numerous venues including Royal Academy and Paris Salon where he was awarded a gold medal.

Various dignitaries sat for him including Mary of Teck, Queen Consort of King George V. He also produced two portraits of the sculptor Auguste Rodin. Such was his demand that he travelled to the USA on several occasions for commissions and shows.

He’s represented at the National Portrait Gallery, Royal Collection Trust and Government Art Collection.


Royal Academy, Paris Salon, Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

Public Collections

National Portrait Gallery, Royal Collection Trust, Government Art Collection, Horniman Museum and Gardens, Southwark Heritage Centre, Guildhall Art Gallery, National Trust, Chartwell.



Born in Lambeth, London to James S Garratt, a banker’s clerk, and Mary Elizabeth Garratt (nee Nichols).


Lived in Lambeth with his family.


Lived in Lambeth with his family. Worked as a clerk.


Debuted at the Royal Academy with ‘To be merry, Let’s now take our time, While we’re in our prime.’ A reference to a poem by Robert Herrick (1591-1674).


Married Clare Eugenie Stolzenberg who was born in Berlin, Germany.


Lived in Paddington, London, with his wife.


Lived in Fulham, London.


Lived in Twickenham, Middlesex, with his wife and son Sheridan.


Travelled to New York aboard the Saxonia.


Lived in Chelsea, London with his wife and children.


Referred to in The Courier News, Bridgewater, New Jersey.

“A very interesting exhibition of pictures and portraits by Arthur Garratt, English portrait painter, will be held by the kind permission of Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Carvalho, on June 1, 2, 3 and 4, in the picture gallery of the Carvalho home at 400 West Eighth street, this city. Among the exhibits are portraits of the children of residents of Plainfield, viz, Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Cleavers' two little girls (Mr. Cleaver is president of the board of governors of Muhlen- herg Hospital), and Dr. and Mrs. H. S. Corbusier's three daughters.

The artist has a European reputation, having exhibited for years at the Royal Academy of Arts, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, in London, and other principal exhibitions. He also received the gold medal (Hors Concours) at the Paris Salon Société des Artistes Français for the picture, ‘The King's Yeoman’, which ‘Le Figaro’, of Paris, described as a masterpiece. This picture will be on exhibition. It was received at the time it was exhibited with enthusiasm by the French and English press. It is an interesting fact to Americans that the old man who posed for this picture fought in the American Civil War on the Confederate side. All those interested in good painting in Plainfield should not fail to visit this exhibition. Admission will be on presentation of card.”


Travelled to Boston, Massachusetts, with his son Sheridan aboard the Samaria.


Travelled to New York aboard the Minnetonka.


Travelled to New York aboard the Caronia.


Travelled to New York aboard the Caronia.


Lived in Richmond, Surrey, with his wife who is also recorded as an artist.


Died in Richmond, Surrey.

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