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

George Busby MCSD RBSA GRA FRSA (1926-2005) Gaslight in London watercolour 14 x 18  ins
George Busby MCSD RBSA GRA FRSA (1926-2005) Gaslight in London watercolour 14 x 18 ins
George Busby MCSD RBSA GRA FRSA (1926-2005) High Street Chipping Camden  watercolour  6 x 9 ins
George Busby MCSD RBSA GRA FRSA (1926-2005) High Street Chipping Camden watercolour 6 x 9 ins
George Busby MCSD RBSA GRA FRSA (1926-2005) The Old Mill watercolour 15 x 13  ins
George Busby MCSD RBSA GRA FRSA (1926-2005) The Old Mill watercolour 15 x 13 ins

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.

Claude Buckle RSMA RI  1905 - 1973 Salisbury Close Gate watercolour 10 x 15 ins
Claude Buckle RSMA RI 1905 - 1973 Salisbury Close Gate watercolour 10 x 15 ins

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

 

 

Arnold Beauvais 1886 - 1984 Windsor Castle  watercolour 8 x 10 in
Arnold Beauvais 1886 - 1984 Windsor Castle watercolour 8 x 10 in
Hugh Boycott-Brown 1909 - 1990 Market Place Nationale Dieppe oil 7 x 9 ins
Hugh Boycott-Brown 1909 - 1990 Market Place Nationale Dieppe oil 7 x 9 ins

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 

Bernard Phillip Batchelor RSW 1924- 2012 May Evening on St Margaret's Reach  watercolour 4.5 x 6
Bernard Phillip Batchelor RSW 1924- 2012 May Evening on St Margaret's Reach watercolour 4.5 x 6

Bernard Phillip Batchelor was a painter, born at Teddington, Middlesex. He studied at St. Martin's School of Art from 1946 to 1949 under R. Kirkland Jamieson and Andrew Freeth. Batchelor then went on to the City and Guilds of London Art School. After finishing his education Batchelor worked in the publicity department of Iliffe Press.

 

Batchelor was well known for his watercolour marine and coastal subjects. He has exhibited at RA, RWS, RE, NEAC and Catto Gallery, London. Batchelor was elected an Associate of the RWS in 1967 and a full member ten years later. Examples of his work are in the GAC.

Emerson Harold Groom 1891-1983 London Bridge watercolour  10 x 14 inches
Emerson Harold Groom 1891-1983 London Bridge watercolour 10 x 14 inches
James Hayllar 1829-1920 Reverie watercolour 9 x 7 ins
James Hayllar 1829-1920 Reverie watercolour 9 x 7 ins

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.