The son of an Oxfordshire clergyman, Algernon Talmage was born in 1871. He studied under Sir Hubert von Herkomer at Bushey and then in St. Ives, where he was to open his own studio-cum-art school in 1900, which was known as ‘The Cabin’ and was located on Westcotts Quay, St Ives. His best known student was Emily Carr, the well-known post-Impressionist painter and writer.
Talmage returned to London in 1907 and had his first solo exhibtion at the Goupil Gallery in 1909. An extremely versatile and accomplished artist, Talmage joined Augustus John as an Official War Artist for the Canadian Government in World War One, was prominent in the etching boom of the lates 1920s and also excelled as a portraitist.
Talmage has exhibited throughout the United Kingdom and has had several gallery and museum exhibitions.