Born in London in 1879, Manson’s ambition to become an artist was strongly disapproved of by his father. By 1903, however, he had saved sufficient funds to marry and leave for Paris, where he studied at the Académie Julian. In 1907 he discovered the Breton fishing village of Douelan, a spot that would become much favoured by British painters in this period.

James Bolivar Manson LG, NEAC