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Artist - Charles Sims

Charles Sims, born 1873 in Islington, London, died 1928. Designed posters for the Underground Group 1916-1917

  • Educated; Kensington College of Art;
  • Educated; Académie Julian, Paris;
  • Educated; Royal Academy Schools;


Charles Sims rejected the expectations of his father to follow his profession as a draper. He dreamt of becoming an artist. Largely self taught, Sims became known for his romantic paintings of Arcadian idylls. He also adopted the late Victorian tradition of painting fairies. Following the death of his eldest son in the First World War and his own experiences as a war artist, Sims became deeply troubled and increasingly withdrawn. In 1926, he stood down from his position of Keeper at the Royal Academy Schools.

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