BROWNLOW, George Washington

1835 - 1876

George Washington Brownlow

George Washington Brownlow, was born at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland in 1835, third son of Stephen Brownlow (c1808-1883), a cordwainer (bootmaker) and his wife Maria (1810-1879), but was only baptised at Bulmer, Essex on 21 December 1859. In 1841 the family were living at Thompson Street, All Saints, Newcastle, 32 year old Stephen and 31 year old Maria, with children Stephen 12, James 10, Washington 6 and William 2. By 1851 they had moved to Wesley Street, All Saints' with the addition of two more children Mary 8 and Robert 2, they were all born at Newcastle. George received early tuition from William Bell Scott (1811-1890), principal of the government School of Art in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and then enrolled at Royal Academy schools and by 1860 was exhibiting widely. In 1861 George was a 25 year old artist, boarding at 14 Anderson Street, Chelsea, London, the home of the Hudson family and in 1871 a visitor at Stanley House, King's Road, Chelsea, the home of the Veitch family. George Washington Brownlow was particularly renowned for his genre paintings with children in oils, but also painted landscapes and portraits and often painted scenes in Scotland and Ireland. He exhibited at the Royal Academy 1858-1875, at the Royal Scottish Academy 1859 and the Royal Association for the Promotion of Fine Arts in Scotland and elsewhere. In 1866 the pulpit of Walter Belchamp church in Essex was adorned with the pictures of the four evangelist by Brownlow and his engravings are included in a series of Fulcher's Ladies' Sudbury Pocket Books. He died on 23 July 1876, at the residence of John Cox Lynch, Esq., surgeon of 16 Sepulchre Street, Sudbury, Suffolk, aged 41 years, George Washington Brownlow, Esq., artist, of Fern Lodge, Walter Belchamp and he was buried in Walter Belchamp churchyard on 26 July and the following year a memorial window to his memory was placed near to his seat in Belchamp Walter church, by Samuel Raymond. George's artist brother was Stephen Brownlow (1828-1896), originally a cordwainer, who took evening classes at Newcastle’s Government School of Art and also became a well-known artist at Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

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