A long-time painting companion of John Singer Sargent, Wilfrid de Glehn would also be known as one of Britain's Impressionist painters.
He studied at the South Kensington School of Art and then headed to Paris to train at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. It was here that Edwin Austin Abbey and John Singer Sargent discovered de Glehn's remarkable skills and employed him as an assistant in the completion of the Boston Public Library mural they had been commissioned to create. The work was finished in 1893, but de Glehn and Sargent continued to take painting excursions together.
De Glehn married in 1903, and his wife Jane Emmet was also an enthusiastic painter as well. The pair traveled widely, occasionally in the company of Sargent, and settled in London. World War I interrupted their work briefly, and in 1917 de Glehn was sent to the front in Italy.
Upon his return the couple relocated to the Cornwall coast where they spent all of their summers, traveling to France for the winter.
Although he is frequently ranked with Sargent, many experts compare de Glehn to Renoir for his skills at employing sunlight and shadow to great effect in his work. His paintings are in the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Royal Academy of Arts Collection, among many others.