EYRE, John

1847 - 1927

John Eyre was born at St Pancras, London on 1 December 1847 and baptised at St Thomas, Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire on 11 September 1850, twin son with George, of George Eyre (1818-1887), a decorative artist in the Potteries, and his wife Betsey née Stone (1823-1892), who married at Stoke Newington, London in 1847. In 1851, John was a 3-year-old living at Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent, with his parents, 33-year-old George, a pottery designer, and 27-year-old Betsey, with siblings George 3, born St Pancras, and twins Edwin and Eliza Sarah 1, both born in Penkhull with all four baptised at the same time. John studied at the Royal College of Art, South Kensington, and devoted himself chiefly to the design and decoration of pottery, first for the firm of Minton, and later as art director to Doulton of Lambeth. John married at Kensington, London in 1874, Susanna Vargas a fellow student at South Kensington, and in 1891, a 43-year-old fine art painter, living at Bridge Road, West Battersea, London with his 42-year-old wife Susanna, and their three children Amy Louisa 12, John Vargas 10 and Dora Elizabeth 8. A genre painter and book illustrator, who turned to painting and in 1877 exhibited his first picture at the Royal Academy, subsequently becoming a frequent exhibitor at Burlington House until 1919 and was a member of the Royal Society of British Artists and in 1917 elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and in his later years an Honorary Associate of the Royal College of Art. George also exhibited at Paris Salon and at the Ipswich Art Society in 1923, a watercolour 'Sheep Shearing'. John Eyre lived at Cranleigh in Surrey where he died on 13 September 1927. His daughter Amy was also an artist painter and designed jewellery.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from 29 Beaufort Street, Chelsea, Southwest London
1877 813 Spring - watercolour
1879 898 December - watercolour
1881 675 Spring - watercolour
1882 954 The Angler and the Little Fish - watercolour
1883 990 The Countryman and the Snake - watercolour
from 26 Bridge Road West, Battersea Park, Southwest London
1892 1052 Idle Moments - watercolour
1894 998 Dorothy - watercolour
1897 1386 The Queen's Old Servants - watercolour
         2003 Virgin and Infant Saviour - relief enamel
1899 2019 Christ in Glory and the Four Evangelists - enamel medallions
1900 1360 The Mermaid - translucent enamel
1902 875 A Veteran's Battle - watercolour
1904 1000 The Smokers: Royal Hospital Chelsea - watercolour
1906 847 Ariadne and Bacchus - watercolour
1911 888 Chapel of the Royal Hospital Chelsea - watercolour
1912 959 Veterans (Chelsea Hospital) - watercolour
1913 932 Card Players - watercolour
1914 1334 His Majesty's Pensioners - watercolour
1916 1408 War News - watercolour
         1423 Poet's Corner, Westminster Abbey - watercolour
         1602 All Hallows, Barking: by the tower - watercolour
1917 881 Interior of St John's Church, Coventry - watercolour
1918 703 Playing the Game (Chelsea Pensioners) - watercolour
from Rosebank, Duncton, Petworth
1919 671 Chelsea - watercolour

Works by This Artist