Art: Academician, j.g.

When Paul Riley, 15. first came upon the scene during one of his evening rambles about the London suburb of Richmond, the youngster was entranced. There was a dark lane leading through weathered buildings to the Thames. Paul sketched it a few times, finally painted it when the streets were wet and the sky leaden. At Easter, when his father, an art teacher, was packing up some of his own canvases for the annual Summer Show at the Royal Academy of Art in London, he suggested that Paul send in something too, and Paul chose Water Lane, Richmond. "Have a...

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