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Born in 1862, Collins was an English painter of architecture, landscapes, figures, and naval scenes. Having commenced his studies in 1884 at the Lambeth School of Art, Collins briefly moved to Paris and attended the Académie Julian between 1886 and 1887.  He exhibited at many London galleries including the Royal Academy and was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1906.

He travelled widely producing paintings in England, Spain and Italy. Some of these paintings would form the basis for his three publication of Cathedral Cities in England, Spain and Italy, published between 1908-1911.  Mainly working in water colours his paintings range from elaborate detailed architectural depiction to a more lose interpretation of a market scene, giving a sense of time and place. He confidently offers a view of a faraway place with exquisite lighting and colour.

Collins served in Dardanelles and Egypt in the Navy in the First World War.

Both the Royal Collection and the Victoria and Albert Museum hold his work.

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