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The British Impressionist painter Herbert Royle was born in Manchester in 1870 and studied art under John William Buxton Knight 1843-1908.
His style was heavily influenced by that of his tutor. He lived firstly in Southport, later moving to Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire and subsequently to Nessfield, near Ilkley.
From 1894, he exhibited annually at the Royal Academy for almost fifty years. From 1900 he exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, the Glasgow Institute and at the Royal Society of Painters in Oils. He also exhibited on a local basis and often exhibited at the Manor House Gallery in Ilkley.
Herbert Royle was a bachelor and possessed a retiring nature. Each year he holidayed in the Scottish Highlands and during these trips painted many Scottish loch and harbour views. His love of this area was such that in his will he stipulated that his ashes be scattered in the Highlands.
It is however his Yorkshire scenes that are most sought after. He portrayed the area in all its seasons, and his snow scenes and harvesting paintings are avidly
sought after by collectors He often painted en plein air and sortied out to seek subjects to paint, with his easel strapped to his bicycle and with a hot potato in his pocket in winter to warm his hands.