George Lawrence Bulleid
[English Painter, 1858-1933]
George Lawrence Bulleid was born in
Glastonbury, Somerset in 1858, the son of a local solicitor and
Councillor. Bulleid joined the family firm but in 1881 but soon left
to study at the Marylebone and West London School of Art under the
instruction of the Principal, George Simpson. As with so many
Victorian artists of the time, he had a strong affection for
classicism and antiquity,his early work would typically be of dark
and sombre canvases with groups of figures arranged within an
archetectural structure, or contemplative individuals at moments of
decision or classical melancholy.
In 1889, he became an Associate of
the Royal Water Colour Society, and in the same year he returned to
his native West Country, moving to Bradford on Avon nera Bath.
There, he established a studio and toward the end of the 19th
century, his work began to show the clear influence of the
Pre-Raphaelites, their compositional style and use of strong, direct
colour lending itself well to his favoured neo-classicical themes.
In later life, he explored more
naturally observed themes, creating relaxed portraits and works of
floral or quiet still life arrangements, sometimes in a manner
inspired by the Dutch masters of the 17th century. George Bulleid
died aged aged 75 in the Autumn of 1933.