RAALTE, Henri Benedictus van (1881-1929)


RAALTE, Henri Benedictus van (1881-1929)
painter and etcher
always known as H. van Raalte, was born in London in 1881. His parents came from Holland. He was educated at the city of London school, at the Royal Academy schools, and later in Belgium and Holland. In 1901 he was elected an associate of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers, and in the same year had a picture hung at the Royal Academy exhibition. In 1902 there were full-page reproductions of an etching, and a dry-point by van Raalte in Modern Etching and Engraving, published by the Studio at London, highly competent and assured pieces of work, though he was then aged only 21. In 1910 he went to Western Australia and founded a school of art at Perth. He did many etchings and acquatints, often taking gum trees for his subjects, but it was some time before his work became known in the eastern states. He had an exhibition of his work at Perth in 1919 which was followed by another at Adelaide. In 1921 he was appointed curator of the art department at Adelaide, and in 1922 his title was changed to curator of the art gallery. He resigned in January 1926 owing to differences of outlook between him and the board of governors. He established a studio at Second Valley, South Australia, and lived there for the last three years of his life. Except for occasional fits of depression van Raalte was apparently in good health, and it was intended that he should hold an exhibition of his work at Adelaide about the end of 1929. On 4 November of that year he was found in the grounds of his house shot through the head, and he died on the same day, leaving a widow and three sons. Little is known of his painting in Australia but his etchings are often excellent. Examples of them will be found in the print-collections at Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth and at the British Museum, London.
The Advertiser, Adelaide, 6 November 1929; W. Moore, The Story of Australian Art; information from National Gallery of South Australia; private information.

Dictionary of Australian Biography by PERCIVAL SERLE. . 1949.

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  • H. van Raalte — Henri Benedictus Van Raalte (11 February 1881 4 November 1929), known as H. van Raalte, was an English born Australian artist and printmaker.Early life and trainingVan Raalte was born in Lambeth, London in 1881 to Dutch parents, being educated at …   Wikipedia


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