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John Absolon


John Absolon

English painter, illustrator, watercolorist, soldier & colonist
born 1815- died 1895

John Absolon was a painter of landscape, seascape and genre in both oil and watercolour, and a book illustrator. He began his career as a painter of theatrical scenery at Covent Garden.

His first exhibition was at the Royal Society of British Artists in 1832 at the age of 17. He went to Paris in 1835, and on his return in 1838 became a member of the NWS, of which he later became Treasurer.

In 1850 he helped T. Grieve and W. Telbin to produce the first diorama, ‘The Route of the Overland Mail to India’. He exhibited mainly at the NWS, also at the RA, British Institution and Royal Society of British Artists.

Hardie praised his watercolours for their ‘fresh and breezy manner’.


Distant Thoughts


The Emigrant Ship


Olivia resting



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