Master Regency artist Samuel Edmund Waller spent a short time apprenticed to his father who was an architect. Though he never pursued the trade as his life-long career, his unwavering interest is evident in many of his works, which depict buildings in his native Cotswold. He received his formal art education from the Gloucester School of Art where he mastered his genre scenes. A brief stint working on a farm fostered his love of animals, and in turn, his desire for depicting them in his paintings. His works were counted among the finest of the period, as is evidenced by his numerous exhibitions at the Royal Academy from 1871 to 1902.
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