English painter and printmaker, Stanley Anderson was born in Bristol, England in 1884. He apprenticed with his father for seven years, learning the craft of engraving heraldic symbols on metal tankards and cups. He attended the Bristol School of Art where he learned to etch. He won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art where he studied with Sir Frank Short.
Anderson taught at Goldsmith’s College and at the British School in Rome. He was later elected to full membership in the Royal Academy.
Anderson’s line engravings are some of the best work ever created in that medium. He was fascinated by all sections of society and was particularly drawn to those down on their luck, as seen in his 1929 engraving, “The Fallen Star”.