GRAHAM, George

1881 - 1949

George Graham was born at Leeds, Yorkshire on 1 June 1881, son of Michael Graham (1839-1896), a joiner, and his wife Azubah née Porter (1850-1911), who married at the Parish Church, Leeds on 26 February 1870. In 1891, George was a 9-year-old, living at Grant Street, Leeds with his parents, 51-year-old Michael and 41-year-old Azubah, and siblings Annie 23, David 14, William 12, Harry 8 and Nellie 4, all born at Leeds. Graham studied under Thomas Dyer of Leeds for two years 1899-1901 to become an architect, taking drawing lessons in the evenings at Leeds School of Art and in London under Sir Frank Brangwyn, Sir William Nicholson and other teachers. An artist in oil and watercolour and a wood engraver and was a member of Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour and the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour and a leading figure in the Society of Yorkshire Artists and the Society of Sussex Painters. He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1908 and exhibited most years until 1947, also showing at the Fine Art Society and the New English Arts Club. He married at Leyburn, Yorkshire in 1915 Catherine Freeland Pauli (29 October 1877-11 February 1958) but had no issue. In 1923 he exhibited at the Ipswich Fine Art Society, a watercolour 'Cahors Bridge' the year that he settled at Salt Dykes, Winchelsea, a house that he had started building in 1922 and where they were still living in 1939. Painting landscapes and deeply religious creation paintings, he must have retained a house in Suffolk as he again exhibited at the Ipswich Art Club in 1932 from Old Post Office, Walberswick 'The Tide Mill' and was a member and exhibitor at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle from Wroxham, Norfolk 1927-1929. A member of the East Sussex Arts Club and elected to the Royal Society of British Artists in 1948. Graham was affected by profound deafness which served to isolate him from everyday life and he had a passion for music which also influenced the intensity of his work. George Graham died at his home Salt Dykes, Sea Road, Winchelsea, Battle, Sussex on 1 January 1949. Public galleries in Norfolk, Sunderland, University of Hull, Museum of Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford, and Worthing hold examples of his work. He signed his works 'George Graham'.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from 2 Sandhurst Terrace, Harehills Lane, Leeds
1908 760 February Sunshine
1909, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1914, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1939, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946,
from Salt Dykes, Winchelsea, Sussex
1947 90 The Romney Marsh

Works by This Artist