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WILLIAM GEORGE SHRUBSOLE

Landscape Artist

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

http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/artists/william-george-shrubsole


There is also an autographed manuscript of “The Ideal in Art” an unpublished lecture delivered at Bangor, North Wales in Dec 1886 by William George Shrubsole – on sale for £450;  it states it is an interesting personal statement by a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.



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