George Busby was born in Birmingham in 1926. For a number of years he worked in the display industry as a graphic designer and illustrator. In 1978 he decided to leave the advertising world to take up painting full time. He has been commissioned to illustrate calendars for Courage, the Abbey National Building Society, British Gas and the Amoco Oil Company. George died on the 7th November 2005
Claude Buckle was born in London on 10th October 1905 and educated at Wolverhampton Grammar School. He trained and practiced as an architect which he gave up in 1928 to become a full-time artist. Claude painted extensively in watercolour exhibiting widely in England and America. He was elected member of Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA) in 1964 and member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour (RI) in 1962.
Arnold Beauvais was born in Catford in 1886. He started his working life in his father’s studio, working on lithographic and poster designs but attended evening classes at the Bolt Court Art School in Fleet Street. He studied art in Paris and Marseilles. When his father died in 1911 he returned to London. He worked on Walt Disney and Danny Kaye films, for Collins the publisher and for Film Weekly. He was also an operatic star, his debut was made at the Old Vic and he was faced with a difficult choice as to which career to follow
Hugh Boycott Brown was a landscape and marine painter. He was born 27th April 1909 in Bushy in Hertfordshire and studied art at Watford School of Art, Heatherley’s School of Art in London and the Cotswold School of Landscape Painters. Hugh Boycott Brown was the art master at the Royal Masonic Junior School from 1929 to 1969
James Hayllar RBA
1829 – 1920
James Hayllar was born in Chichester and trained at the Royal Academy Schools with F S Cary. He was a painter of genre, portraits and landscapes. He painted some of portraits in the Pre-Raphaelite manner and later turned to historical subjects. Hayllar travelled to Italy from 1851 to 1853 and was made RBA in 1876. He exhibited extensively including the Royal Academy; Royal Society of British Artists; Manchester City Art Gallery; Royal Society of Artists, Birmingham; Dudley Gallery and New Dudley Gallery; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Royal Hibernian Academy; Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour and Royal Institute of Oil Painters. He had nine children, many went onto be artists in their own right, particularly Edith, Jessica, Mary and Kate. It would be good to think that one of them was the sitter in this picture. He lived in Castle Priory, Wallingford, Berkshire and later at Red Holme, Cambridge Road in Bournemouth.