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Women Painters of the World From the Time of Caterina Vigri, 1413-1463, to Rosa Bonheur and the Present Day

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Women Painters of the World        From the Time of Caterina Vigri, 1413-1463, to Rosa Bonheur and the Present Day

Walter Shaw Sparrow (1862–1940) was a British writer on art and architecture with a special interest in British sporting artists.[2]

Sparrow was born in 1862, younger son of James Sparrow JP FGS (1824–1902)[3] and his wife Caroline (1828–1904),[4] of Gwersyllt Hill, near Wrexham, Wales.[5] In 1855, James Sparrow had become proprietor of Ffrwd Works,[6] a large colliery, ironworks and brickworks between Brymbo and Cefn-y-bedd which he expanded into one of the most prominent businesses in North Wales.[7] During his boyhood Sparrow got to know many of his father's colliers, furnacemen, blacksmiths, carpenters and farm workers, and gained a respect and admiration for the men he described as "so big, strong, simple-hearted, and kind".[1] He made a study of the cruel conditions endured by coal miners and the fact that nationally over a thousand colliers were killed every year in accidents, and this engendered in him a desire to see fairness for working men.[1]


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