Szepessy was born in Budapest in 1856, and from 1868 to 1874 was a pupil of Andreas Engleder and Samuel Nemessányi. He then moved to Vienna to work for Thomas Zach, and possibly spent some time in Munich between 1879 and 1881, but in that latter year he came to London. His work there is among his best and most refined. He retired to the Tyro in 1921 and died there in 1925. His labels bear the Hungarian form of his name with the family name first, ‘Szepessy Béla’, which has caused some confusion, and are numbered up to 218 on an example dated 1916.
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