Abbey (Abraham) Altson (1864 – 1949) was born in Middlesbrough on Tees in 1864 and moved to Australia in 1883.
From 1885 he studied at the National Gallery School of Design in Melbourne, and has become best known for his superb portraits of beautiful women and Indian Maharajas.
He settled back in London becoming a successful painter of portraits. He is best remembered today for his exercises in late classical painting taking his lead from Lord Leighton, Alma Tadema, Waterhouse and Godward.
He emigrated to the USA where he died in 1949.