Art: Muscle & Shadow

John Raltenbury Skeaping never went to an ordinary school or college, it being his father's conviction that children wasted their time learning things in school which they could master in a few months after growing up. His father was a painter, his mother a pianist. When he was three years old, John began to draw horses and fanciful animals; when he was seven, his father started him to work with oils. He trotted for miles over the Essex countryside following farm horses, watching the jounce and ripple of muscle, the play of light on sweaty hide.

When he was nine, he took...

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