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Lucien Besche (d.1901)


Lucien Besche a Paris trained porcelain artist was first employed by Minton's in 1871. He was later employed on a freelance basis by W. T. Copeland and Sons, c.1872-85. He was a figure artist, painting cupids,and a wide variety of subjects. He also painted plaques and tiles. The “Months of the Year" tile series is attributed to him. One of the great works he produced at Copeland was the Macfarlane tile commission in Glasgow where he, R. J Abraham and C.F.Hurten produced tile panels for the billiard room. The frieze contained alllegorical representations of the 'Sports of the British Race' - Health, Strength, Courage and Fortitude. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1883 to 1885. Copeland sent many examples of his works to the 1873 Universal Exhibition in Vienna. He left Copeland's in 1885 and established himself as one of the leading theatrical costume designers of his day.



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