CAMPION, George Bryant

1796 - 1870

Born at Harwich, Essex about 1796. He married at St Dionis Backchurch, London on 20 October 1821, Elizabeth née Paling (c.1800-1877), who was born at Peckham, Surrey. In 1851 a ‘drawing master, Royal Academy’ living in Thomas Street, Woolwich with his 51 year old wife Elizabeth and their three children, Charles 18, Edwin 14 and Emily 12, all born at Pentonville, and kept a housemaid servant. In Clarke’s 'History of Ipswich' (Ipswich 1830) opposite page 299 is a sketch from a design by G. Campion, late of this town, this was reproduced in the 'Gentleman’s Magazine' January 1831, ‘late of Ipswich.’ Watercolour painter, initially painting landscapes and topographical views but later specialized in military subjects and studies of uniforms and exhibited ten works at the Society of British Artists from 1829 and was one of the earliest members of the New Watercolour Society (later the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours), where, up to 1869, he exhibited over 400 watercolours and was vice-president from 1839 to 1841. He taught drawing to private pupils and from 1841 an instructor of drawing at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. Two watercolours of the Windsor review of 1869, offered to the Queen, were purchased by her son, Prince Arthur, whose governor described Campion as ‘a very eccentric old man, [who] will have his own way’ He died at his home at 49 Woolwich Common, Woolwich, London on 1 April 1870. From 9 December in that year a sale of 700 of his remaining pictures, sketches, and studies was held at Christies.




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