Godfrey Lushington was a barrister and senior civil servant.
The son of an MP, Lushington studied at Oxford and graduated with a BA in 1854. A civil servant, he became counsel and Assistant Under-Secretary and, in 1885, Permanent Under-Secretary at the Home Office. In his official capacity, he was in occasional contact with JW when the artist was President of the Society of British Artists.
Lushington was made GCMG in 1899 and KCB in 1892.
He lived at 16 Great Queen Street in the mid 1880s, and later at 34 Old Queen Street, London, SW, and Stoke, Great Bedwyn, Hungerford.
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