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George F. Henry, 1858-1943

Nationality: Scottish
Date of Birth: 1858.03.14 probably
Place of Birth: Irvine, Ayrshire
Date of Death: 1943.12.23
Place of Death: London


George F. Henry was a Scottish painter.


Henry trained at the Glasgow School of Art. In the early 1880s he painted in W. Y. Macgregor's life studio, and also began painting out of doors in the company of James Guthrie, Joseph Crawhall and Edward Arthur Walton. His style following a period of training in Paris at the Académie Julian in 1883, was heavily influenced by the realism of Jules Bastien-Lepage.

With E. A. Hornel, Henry took an interest in primitive culture both in terms of the Celtic Revival and of Japan, and they visited the latter in 1893-4. Henry's later portraits were heavily influenced by those of Whistler and Velásquez. In 1891 Henry was amongst those who signed his name to a petition that the city of Glasgow should buy Whistler's Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137).


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