George W. Joy

Irish, 1844 - 1925


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A Dinner of Herbs  by George W. Joy
A Dinner of Herbs
Britannia  by George W. Joy
Eve  by George W. Joy
Florence, Daughter of T. Masterman, Esq  by George W. Joy
Florence, Daughter of T. Masterman, Esq
General Gordon's Last Stand  by George W. Joy
General Gordon's Last Stand
Griselda  by George W. Joy
Lesbia's Sparrow  by George W. Joy
Lesbia's Sparrow
Nelson's First Farewell  by George W. Joy
Nelson's First Farewell
Pamela's Birthday  by George W. Joy
Pamela's Birthday
Rose, Shamrock, and Thistle  by George W. Joy
Rose, Shamrock, and Thistle
The Bayswater Omnibus  by George W. Joy
The Bayswater Omnibus
The Danaids  by George W. Joy
The Danaids
The King's Daughter  by George W. Joy
The King's Daughter
The Maid of Orleans  by George W. Joy
The Maid of Orleans
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Irish painter (b Dublin, 7 July 1844; d Purbrook, Hants, 28 Oct 1925). The brother of the sculptor Albert Bruce Joy (1842–1924), he studied in London at the South Kensington School of Art and later at the Royal Academy Schools under John Everett Millais, Frederic Leighton and G. F. Watts. From 1868 his education continued in Paris under Charles-François Jalabert (1819–1901) and Léon Bonnat. Joy’s mature work is largely concerned with the depiction of the human form in narrative and allegorical subjects from historical, Classical, literary and religious sources. His light-hearted but elaborate works on the theme of childhood, such as Thirty Years before Trafalgar: Young Nelson and his Grandmother (1883; untraced, photograph in U. London, Courtauld Inst.), gained a wide popularity. Among his outstanding paintings is the Death of General Gordon, Khartoum, 26 January 1885 (exh. RA 1894; Leeds, C.A.G.), which represents Joy’s patriotic attempt to ‘awaken the conscience of the nation’ (autobiography, p. 22); it was one of the few Royal Academy exhibits on the subject. Bayswater Omnibus (1895; London, Mus. London), a modern-life painting, displays his powers of observation at their keenest. Joy’s output consisted principally of oil paintings, and a detailed account of his methods is included in his autobiography. He exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1872 and 1914, and his work was well received at the Salon in Paris.

Biography courtesy 'The Grove Dictionary of Art'

Example of George Joy's signature
Example of George Joy's signature


Joan of Arc Asleep, G.W. Joy
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