HENTON, George Moore

1861 - 1924

George Moore Henton was born at Leicester on 2 January 1861, only child of George Henton (23 February 1834-1 February 1888), a banker's clerk, and his wife Sarah Elizabeth Pank (September 1829-27 September 1913), eldest daughter of George Pank, of Cowbit, Leicestershire, who married at Eye, Northamptonshire on 5 August 1858. In 1871, George was a 10-year-old, living at Lincoln Street, Leicester with his parents, 37-year-old George and 41-year-old Sarah, and they retained two indoor servants. George studied at Leicester School of Art under Wilmot Pilsbury (1840–1908) and in July 1882 won the Queen's Prize for a group of Still Life in oil colours but the exhibition of his watercolours at Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery in 1884 which included 'Cattle in the Meadow' and 'The Canal, Aylestone, Leicester' were unfavourable reviewed 'might be a little more careful in attention to detail'. He became a professional artist in watercolour specialising in genre and architectural subjects and exhibited at the Royal Academy he also exhibited ten works at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and was a member and prime mover in the Leicester Society of Artists. He exhibited a watercolour at the Bury St Edmund's Fine Art Society in 1882, 'View of Mustow Street, Bury St Edmund’s' and at their exhibition in 1887 he won the prize for the best watercolour and he illustrated 'Stretton' by Henry Kingsley (London 1897). In 1911, a 50-year-old unmarried painter artist on private means, living at Victoria Road, Leicester with his 81-year-old widowed mother Sarah. The co- author of 'Leicestershire People and Places One Hundred Years Ago' (1924). George Moore Henton died at Charnwood House, Victoria Road, Leicester on 21 April 1924, he left an estate of some £50,000, most of which was left to employees and charities.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from Charnwood House, Victoria Road, Leicester
1905 1014 Goldsmith's Tomb, the Temple - watercolour
1906 1009 St Paul's from Cannon Street - watercolour
1909 884 Nottingham Castle - watercolour
1912 882 Whitehall; early Morning - watercolour
1918 798 A Sluice on the Wreake - watercolour

Works by This Artist