Alexander Roche 1861-1921



Early writers on Alexander Roche attributed his ‘romantic blood’ to the fact that his father was French and his mother hailed from the Borders. Although five years younger than Lavery, his friendship with the painter predates their studentship in Paris, where Roche not only worked at Julian’s, but was for a time, a pupil of Jean-Léon Gérôme. By 1890 Roche was exploring Italy, spending his summer at the village of Anticoli in the Sabine hills. In the autumn of 1892 he and Lavery travelled to Munich, Basle and Venice.