Benedict Angell Hyland (English, 1859-1933) was born in Hastings on 4th February 1859. Benedict taught at the Camberwell School of Art. He spent several years in Paris where he had a picture exhibited in the Paris Salon. In the 1880s he was restoring the pictures of the Duke of Portland at Welbeck Abbey. Here he would paint the Dukes’s Clumber Spaniels. The Duke possessed most of the best bitches of the day.
Around 1902 he had settled in London Road, Forest Hill, Lewisham (SE London). He had a store in London specializing in art restoration and was once robbed (September 1907) by three teenage boys of hundreds of post cards. In 1911 he called himself a picture framer rather than artist (as he did as a 23 year old).
He married in 1913, Beatrice Irene Selby in Hampstead in 1913. They had one daughter in 1931; Rosalind Violet Eleanor Hyland
In 1933 Benedict fell under a train at Sydenham Station. It was thought he committed suicide because he was depressed at having to close down his Fine Art business.