Anthony Christian was the youngest artist ever to have studied at London’s National Gallery when he was only 10 years old. At the same time he studied anatomy at The Victoria and Albert Museum under the auspices of Charles Harvard Gibbs-Smith.
The newspapers hailed him as a prodigy during his time at the National Gallery where he was skillfully reproducing Philips Wouwerman’s ‘Cavalry Battle’, a painting measuring 54 x 75 ins. which was larger than the artist at the time. By the time it was completed in 1961, he had received offers up to £8300 for the painting, equivalent to £185,000 today.