George Henry Boughton
British, 1833 - 1905
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Painter of historical subjects, genre, portraits and landscapes. Born in Norwich, the son of a farmer. He emigrated to America in about 1839 and was self-taught near Albany. Returned to London in 1853 to study art but went back to America and lived in New York. He crossed the Atlantic once more and visited France, where he studied under Edward Frere. Settled in London in 1862 and was influenced by Fred Walker. Exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1863 and elected an Associate of the RA in 1879, a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (R.I) also in 1879, and a full member of the Royal Academy in 1896. Painted scenes in England, Scotland, France and Holland.
Biographical source: Grant M. Waters, 'Dictionary of British Artists Working 1900-1950'.
Boughton had an affair with the writer Violet Hunt (1862-1942), daughter of the artist Alfred William Hunt, and biographer of Elizabeth Siddal, and mistress to Ford Madox Hueffer (Ford), grandson of Ford Madox Brown. Violet Hunt also modelled for some of Boughton's paintings.
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