James Sleator (1889 - 1950):
James Sleator was born in County Armagh and was educated at the Belfast School of Art. He won a scholarship in 1910 that enabled him to attend the Metropolitan School of Art in Dublin. He studied for a time in Paris and at the Slade School of Art in London, but returned to Dublin and the Metropolitan to take up a teaching post in 1915, exhibiting at the Royal Hibernian Academy, to which he was elected in 1917. He spent five years in Florence from 1922 and returned to London, where he opened a studio, taught Sir Winston Churchill, and received commissions for portraits. He exhibited at the Royal Academy and at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. In 1945 he became President of the Royal Hibernian Academy.