Stephen John Batchelder was born in Bolton, Lancashire on January 17th 1849. His father, a travelling showman, born in Norfolk, was touring the Bolton area at the time. When Batchelder was about 10, the family moved from bolton to preston. Here, he had the chance to study freehand and model drawing.
Shortly after this, the family moved back to Norwich and Batchelder attended Yarmouth School of Art, studying the principles of drawing and painting.
When he was 32, Batchelder decided to devote himself entirely to painting and sketching. In 1883 his one-man show in Norwich led to many commissions. For…Read more