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 (September 1829-27 September 1913), eldest daughter of George Pank, of Cowbit, Leicestershire, who married at Eye, Northamptonshire on 5 August 1858. In 1871, 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 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 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 mainly in watercolour specialising in genre and architectural subjects and his exhibits include 'The Long Walk, Eton College' and 'Peterborough Cathedral'. He also exhibited ten works at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours and was a member and prime mover in the Leicester Society of Artists. He exhibited a watercolour at the Bury & West Suffolk Fine Art Society in 1882, 'View of Mustow Street, Bury St Edmundís' and at the Bury St Edmund's Fine Art Society in 1887 he won the prize for the best watercolour and also 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. He 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.

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