LAPORTE, George Henry

1802 - 1873

George Henry Laporte, was born on 8 November and baptised at Marylebone, London on 7 December 1802, son and pupil of artist and teacher John Peter Laporte, R.A. (March 1761-8 July 1839) and his wife Martha, who married at Hackney, London on 19 January 1800, his sibling sister Mary Ann Laporte, was also a painter of some note. A sporting painter whose work includes depictions of all aspects of country life: hunting, racing, shooting and animal still-life, with his first exhibition at the British Institution and was a founder member of Institute of Painters in Water-colours, where he exhibited regularly also exhibiting at the Royal Academy. He also exhibited at the Suffolk Fine Arts Association [q.v.] at Ipswich in 1850, a watercolour 'A Hawking Party'. Many of his paintings were engraved for 'The Sporting Magazine' and other journals. Laporte enjoyed a wide patronage and at sometime appointed Animal Painter to the Duke of Cumberland and to the King of Hanover but fell into financial difficulties when, in March 1851, final orders were granted against him at the Insolvent Debtors Court and in November 1854, when living at 21 Paddington Green, Paddington, paid a dividend of 2s. 6d. in the pound. George married at St Mary's Paddington, London on 1 October 1850, Eliza (1807-1880), daughter of William Elgie of Spital Square, London. In 1861, a 58 year old artist animal painter, living at 13 Norfolk Square, Paddington with his 48 year old wife Eliza and 8 year old daughter Georgina Dora, all born in London and ten years later were still at the same address. George died at 13 Norfolk Square, London on 23 October 1873, aged 71. Their only child Georgina Dora, was unmarried when she died at 13 Maida Vale, London leaving the then quite substantial amount of 3,257 to Elgie relatives in the USA.

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