WILLIAM GEORGE SHRUBSOLE
b ca 1855 Maidstone, Kent
d 1889 Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester.
William was the eldest son of William & Sarah of Maidstone & in the 1871 census he was a pupil to an architect, so presumably his father had set him on a path for a career. However by the 1881 census whilst staying at the Bull Hotel in Wrotham, Kent run by his uncle James (his father's youngest brother) he is described as a landscape artist.
I cannot find out much about his life but I have discovered there is an impressive example of his work in Maidstone Museum & Bently Art Gallery titled “The Heart of the Hills” & can be seen on this link
There is also an autographed manuscript of “The Ideal in Art” an unpublished lecture delivered at Bangor, North Wales in Dec 1886 by William George Shrubsole – on sale for £450; it states it is an interesting personal statement by a neglected Victorian painter who died tragically young. From this statement I assume he was not at all appreciated as a painter whilst alive.
There was also a water colour painting in an auction in April 2014 titled “Ogwen Valley” – a Snowdonian Scene. I think copywright forbids me posting it here but if you google it then you should find it easily enough. The guide price was £120-£150.
More paintings, if he did them, I know nothing about, so if there is anybody out there who does, and would like to add some information then please do get in touch. I would be interested as well if anyone knows the cause of death & why he was in Manchester at the time. I look forward to hearing from somebody.