William de Belleroche

Count William de Belleroche (1913-1969)

was a well-known painter, printmaker, author, collector and bohemian. He was born in London, son of Count Albert de Belleroche, also an artist, and was brought up in Rustington in Sussex. William was largely self-taught although he did receive encouragement from Frank Brangwyn whom he first met in 1934. He was a keen buyer of Brangwyn’s work many of which came from the artist himself in ‘hard deals’, wrote several books on him, and was instrumental in arranging the Brangwyn retrospective at the Royal Academy in 1952. William also collected natural history objects, especially shells. He settled in Brighton in 1951 and moved to the family home in Arundel Terrace, Kemptown in 1957. ‘Count Willie’ as he was known had regular exhibitions with the Upper Grosvenor Galleries in London and twenty years after his death The Fine Art Society held a major retrospective in London in 1989. The British Museum holds a large selection of his work..

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