GRAHAM, George

1881 - 1949

George Graham, was born at Leeds, Yorkshire on 1 June 1881, son of Michael Graham, a joiner, and his second wife Azubah née Porter, who married at Leeds in 1870. In 1891, 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 for two years to become an architect, taking drawing lessons in the evenings at Leeds School of Art and in London under various teachers. Painter 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 exhibited at the Fine Art Society; Royal Academy from 1916; New English Arts Club from 1938. He married at Leyburn, Yorkshire in 1915 Catherine Freeland Pauli (29 October 1877-1958) 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. He 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'.

Incorrectly this date of birth has been recorded as 1882, but BMD Index is 1881.
3rd quarter 1881 Leeds 9b 495

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