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Wilfrid was one of England’s leading Impressionists, recognised for his painterly style and vibrant orchestrations of colour, light and shadow. He became closely involved with Anglo-American art circles through Sargent and Edwin Austin Abbey and, in 1904, married Jane Erin Emmet, the American-born painter and distant cousin of the novelist Henry James.
Wilfrid Gabriel de Glehn (also sometimes spelt 'Wilfried') RA (1870 – 11 May 1951); Impressionist British painter, elected to the Royal Academy in 1932.
De Glehn's father was Alexander de Glehn of Sydenham, London. Louise Creighton a British activist and author and Alfred de Glehn a French steam locomotive designer were Alexander's sister and brother.
Wilfried von Glehn (he changed his name in May 1917) was born in Sydenham in south-east London. After schooling at Brighton College with his brother Louis, he studied art at the South Kensington School of Art, and the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He was then hired by Edwin Austin Abbey and John Singer Sargent to assist them on their Boston Public Library mural project at Morgan Hall (c.1890-93).
De Glehn met American-born artist Jane Erin Emmet in New Rochelle, NY in 1903, and they were married there...
Although some experts rank de Glehn alongside Sargent, he is considered as something of a late British Renoir, for his deft use of sunlight and shadow.
De Glehn is also considered one of the most distinguished artists to have lived in Wiltshire. He died in 1951, at the age of 80, at his home, The Manor House in Stratford Tony, to which he had moved in 1942. His home was the subject of several paintings, as was his previous residence, the Old Rectory in Wilton.
An oil painting of Venice, painted as a wedding present. was featured in BBC's Antiques Roadshow in December 2014 and was valued by expert Dendy Easton at £20-30,000.