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Reuben Ward Binks (1880-1950)

Ward Binks was born in Bolton, Lancashire, the son of a jeweller. He studied art at Manchester Art School and worked in a variety of media - including dry point, etching, aquatint, pastel and watercolour.

Binks devoted his life to his art and was a great lover of dogs. He became recognised as the leading artist of his day in canine portraiture, not only in this country but abroad.

His talent attracted Royal notice and he painted for many members of the Royal Family, including King Edward VII, Queen Alexandra, George V, Edward VIII and George VI. Ward Binks was frequently invited to attend the Royal Shoots at Sandringham in order to sketch the sporting dogs at work. His work took him to distant places. He spent many months in the Punjab, painting for the Maharajah of Patiala, and paid several visits to the U.S.A.to fulfill commissions for prominent American families. Exhibitions of his paintings were held in New York, Bombay and the West End Galleries of London.

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