George Boyle (English 1842-1930)

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The Corot of Catford

George Boyle is an artist whose work we have handled many times since our business began buying and selling paintings, in 1989.
We have often heard Mr. Boyle referred to as 'The Corot of Catford' and have admired his works for their vibrancy, quickly worked technique and his ability to capture nature 'en plein air'.
His works for several years have remained relatively unappreciated and somewhat overlooked by galleries and collectors, which is a shame.
In all these years, we have to confess we have never really known a huge amount about the man, his life or character - and so have made it our mission to discover more about him.
We have greatly enjoyed learning more about George Boyle and his life - and thought it might be of interest to those who admire and collect his work.
George Boyle was essentially a South London artist. Born 22nd July 1842 in Greenwich, where he lived until 1904, in No. 4 Hyde Vale Villa's. During this time he followed very much the respectable pattern of an establishment artist of the period, exhibiting at the Royal Academy between 1884 and 1889, and also to a large extent at the Suffolk Street Galleries.
He was a member of a fashionable painting club at the Blackheath Art Club Studios and his pictures, which he normally sold untitled, were suitably dressed up for the Academy with such titles as , for example, 'A Reedy Nook' and "Flow Softly, Flow by Lawn and Lea'.
In 1904, George Boyle moved to live in Lewisham with his son, who also painted - very much in the same tradition as his father, but who lived as well by producing architectural drawings.
Sadly, probably through an insatiable desire to buy alchohol, Boyle seems always to have been hard up for money. Between 1910 and the late twenties most of his paintings were sold while they were still wet. By now, he had stopped exhibiting at the R.A. He lived for a while in Catford and due to the fact that his paintings closed followed the style of Corot and the later French Impressionists, he earned himself the nickname 'The Corot of Catford'.
After Boyle's death in 1930, it was found that vast numbers of his freshly painted pictures were sold to a pawnbroker in London. The collection was then sold to a London picture dealer some years after the artists death, aged 88 years old. Boyle had also had a West End shop window in the premises of Bryant in William IV street, himself an eccentric art dealer and a lay preacher.
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Cathedral Fine Art.
detail from a George Boyle painting currently in our gallery
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