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John Maler Collier ( 27 January 1850 – 11 April 1934) was a British painter and writer. He painted in the Pre-Raphaelite style, and was one of the most prominent portrait painters of his generation. Both of his marriages were to daughters of Thomas Henry Huxley. He studied painting in Paris with Jean-Paul Laurens and at the Munich Academy starting in 1875.


The Sleeping Beauty  1921

44 in (111.7 cm); Width: 56 in (142.2 cm)

Collection: Private collection

Collier was from a talented and successful family. His grandfather, John Collier, was a Quaker merchant who became a member of parliament. His father, Robert, (who was a member of parliament, Attorney General and, for many years, a full-time judge of the Privy Council) was created the first Lord Monkswell. He was also a member of the Royal Society of British Artists. John Collier's elder brother, the second Lord Monkswell, was Under-Secretary of State for War and Chairman of the London County Council.

In due course, Collier became an integral part of the family of Thomas Henry Huxley PC, President of the Royal Society from 1883 to 1885. Collier married two of Huxley's daughters and was "on terms of intimate friendship" with his son, the writer Leonard Huxley. Collier's first wife, in 1879, was Marian (Mady) Huxley. She was a painter who studied, like her husband, at the Slade and exhibited at the Royal Academy and elsewhere. After the birth of their only child—a daughter, Joyce—she suffered severe post-natal depression and was taken to Paris for treatment where, however, she contracted pneumonia and died in 1887. Joyce became a portrait miniaturist and was a member of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters.

In 1889 Collier married Mady's younger sister Ethel Huxley.  Until the Deceased Wife's Sister's Marriage Act 1907 such a marriage was not possible in England, so the ceremony took place in Norway. By his second wife he had a daughter and a son, Sir Laurence Collier, who was the British Ambassador to Norway 1941–1951.


Tannhäuser en el Venusberg    1901

Height: 243 cm (95.6 in); Width: 168 cm (66.1 in)

Collection: Atkinson Art Gallery and Library 


The last voyage of Henry Hudson 1881

Height: 21.4 cm (8.4 in); Width: 18.3 cm (7.2 in)

Collection: Tate Britain  


Lady Godiva   1898

sHeight: 142.2 cm (55.9 in); Width: 183 cm (72 in)

Collection: Herbert Art Gallery and Museum 


Queen Guinevere's Maying   1900

Collection:Cartwright Hall Art Gallery , Bradford, England


Clytemnestra by John Collier, 1882


The priestess of Bacchus   1889

147.5 cm (58 in); : 112.5 cm (44.2 in)


CIRCE, John Collier 1885 

Ger Eenens Collection The Netherlands


Der Schmetterling. Öl auf Leinwand. 111,8 x 142,3 cm

Date20th century

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