GRAHAM, George

1881 - 1949

George Graham was born at Leeds, Yorkshire on 1 June 1881, son of Michael Graham, a joiner, and his second wife Azubah née Porter, who married at Leeds in 1870. In 1891 a 9 year old living at Grant Street, Leeds with his parents, 51 year old Michael and 41 year old Azubah, and siblings Annie 23, David 14, William 12, Harry 8 and Nellie 4, all born at Leeds. Graham studied for two years to become an architect, taking drawing lessons in the evenings at Leeds School of Art and in London under various teachers. Painter in oil and watercolour and a wood engraver and a member of Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour and the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour and a leading figure in the Society of Yorkshire Artists and Society of Sussex Painters. He exhibited at the Fine Art Society, Royal Academy from 1916, New English Arts Club from 1938 and in 1923 he exhibited at the Ipswich Fine Art Society a watercolour 'Cahors Bridge' the year that he settled at Salt Dykes, Winchelsea, a house that he started building in 1922, painting landscapes and deeply religious Creation paintings, but must have retained a house in Suffolk as he exhibited at the Ipswich Art Club in 1932 from Old Post Office, Walberswick 'The Tide Mill'. A member and exhibitor at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle from Wroxham, Norfolk 1927-1929 and public galleries in Norfolk, Sunderland, University of Hull, Museum of Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford and Worthing hold examples of his work. Graham was a member of the East Sussex Arts Club and elected to the Royal Society of British Artists in 1948. Graham was affected by profound deafness which served to isolate him from everyday life and he had a passion for music which also influenced the intensity of his work. He married at Leyburn, Yorkshire in 1915 Catherine Frelland Pauli (29 October 1877-1958) and in 1939 they were living at Salt Dykes, Sea Road, Winchelsea, Battle, Sussex and where he died in 1949, they had no issue.

Who's Who in Art 1927 incorrectly gives this date of birth as 1882, but BMD Index is 1881.

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