1908-1994Portrait painter, born in London. The son of the painter Robert Hepple, and nephew of Wilson Hepple, the Northumberland animal painter, he studied at Goldsmiths' College of Art, and the RA Schools under Sir Walter Russell, winning a British Institute Scholarship in Engraving. During the Second World War, he became an Official War Artist to the National Fire Service and examples of this work are held by the Imperial War Museum.In 1948 he was elected a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, becoming President 1979-83. He was also a member of the New English Art Club and the Royal Academy. His many royal portraits, included HM The Queen, The Queen Mother, Prince Philip and Prince Charles. He also painted landscapes, horses and flowers for relaxation. He held a solo exhibition at Spinks Gallery, London in 1987, but sadly towards the end of his life he became blind and was forced to give up his painting. Returning home from electing a new RA president he was knocked down by a car a died a few weeks later.
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