The biography of John Sanderson Wells (1872 - 1955)

John Sanderson-Wells (1872 – 1955) was an English artist who specialized in sporting and animal painting. He was a painter of genre scenes, sporting events, hunts and animals. Besides scenes of traditional hunts, he illustrated famous episodes of horse races.

Sanderson-Wells was born in 1872. He studied at the Slade School of Art in London, and later at the Academie Julian in Paris. From 1895 he was a regular contributor at the Royal Academy and was elected to the Royal Institute in 1903. He exhibited at Royal Academy in London from 1895 to 1904.

Much of Sanderson-Wells' work was private commission, mainly hunting subjects, including one for the Duke of Beaufort. Sanderson-Wells painted in a naturalistic style, his painting is technically brilliant and a feeling of graceful movement is evident in his compositions.

He died on 16th March 1955. His work is in many important private collections, and is highly sought after.