Category Archives: Watercolours

Mary’s Salvation and Legacy to All

Painter, potter, ceramic decorator and photographer, Mary Elizabeth Boyd, was born in Murrumbeena, Victoria, in 1926. Mary was a member of the Boyd family artistic dynasty which includes painters, sculptors, architects and other arts professionals, commencing with Boyd’s grandfather Arthur … Continue reading

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Jamie | A Fourth Generation of Boyd

International and Australian artist, Jamie Patrick Boyd, was born at ‘Open Country‘, the house of his father and grand-father, in the Melbourne south-eastern suburb of Murrumbeena; on 19 November, 1948. Jamie is considered, the most important ‘living’ artist of the … Continue reading

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Here’s Lucy

Born into the famous Australian Boyd dynasty of artists, Lucy Evelyn Gough Boyd was born on 27 August, 1916, in Murrumbeena, Victoria. Lucy Boyd was the first child of William Merric (aka Merric), a potter and Doris Lucy Eleanor Bloomfield … Continue reading

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Edith Boyd | The Green Parasol and Nasturtiums

Australian artist, dramatist, and painter, Edith Susan Gerard Anderson (later, Edith Susan Boyd) was born on 16 February, 1880, in Brisbane, Queensland. She was the daughter of John Gerard Anderson, the head of the Department of Public Instruction, and Edith … Continue reading

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Penleigh Boyd | From Penleigh House

British born Australian landscape artist, Theodore Penleigh Boyd was born on 15 August, 1890, at Penleigh House, Westbury, Wiltshire in England. Penleigh Boyd was a member of the Boyd artistic dynasty and he received his artistic training from his artist … Continue reading

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Meet Minnie | The Mother of the Boyd Dynasty

Australian artist Emma Minnie Boyd was born Emma Minnie à Beckett, on 23 November, 1858. She is part of the artistic Boyd dynasty, which began with Emma and her husband Arthur Merric and their art work, which influenced their children … Continue reading

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Arthur Merric | The Father of the Boyd Dynasty

Australia’s famous Boyd family of artists began with distinguised watercolourist, Arthur Merric Boyd I (or Senior), one of twelve children, born on 19 March 1862 in Opoho, Dunedin, New Zealand; son of Captain John Theodore Thomas Boyd (1825–1891), formerly of … Continue reading

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An Idle Afternoon with the ‘Parisian of Philadelphia’

An Idle Afternoon (1884) American artist Julius LeBlanc Stewart, was born on September 6, 1855, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father, the sugar millionaire William Hood Stewart, moved the family from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Paris in 1865, and became a distinguished … Continue reading

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Abel’s Able Artwork

Biblis changee en souce (Ovid Metamorphoses IX) French painter Alexandre-Denis-Abel de Pujol or Abel de Pujol  was born on 30 January, 1785 in Valenciennes, France. The illegitimate son and only child of the nobleman Alexandre-Denis-Joseph Mortry de Pujol, Baron de … Continue reading

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Two Martyred Deaths and a Crossing

French painter Jacques-Louis David, was born into a prosperous French family in Paris on 30 August, 1748. When he was nine, his father was killed in a duel and his mother left him with his well-off architect uncles. They saw … Continue reading

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I Don’t Work, I Don’t Do Anything, But I Am Indispensable

“I Don’t Work, I Don’t Do Anything, But I am Indispensable“, is how Russian art critic, patron, and ballet impresario, Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev, described himself. Sergei Diaghilev was born on 19 March, 1872, in Selishchi. His mother died soon after … Continue reading

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So Tell me, Did she read the name I carved with many vows?

Victorian English artist William Maw Egley was born in London, in 1826. He was the son of miniaturist artist William Egley, who was young Egley’s first tutor. Egley’s early works were illustrations of literary subjects typical of the period, which … Continue reading

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Yasemeen, “I Wontner Now”

Yasemeen from Arabian Nights (1919) English portrait painter William Clarke Wontner was born in Stockwell, Surrey, on 17 January 1857. Wontner received his earliest art education from his father, William Hoff Wontner, an architect, designer and renderer. Under his father’s … Continue reading

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A Trail Through Antiquity With Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema

Dutch-born painter Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, was born Lourens Alma Tadema, on 8 January, 1836, in Dronryp, in the northern province of Friesland, in the Netherlands. At the age of two, the Tadema family moved to the nearby city of Leeuwarden, … Continue reading

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Young Advice for Young Illustrators

Sea-landscape and figure illustrator Cliff Young was born in New Waterford, Ohio in 1905 and died in 1985. He studied at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Grand Central School of Art with Harvey Dunn; the Art Institute of Chicago with … Continue reading

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