|George Hyde-Pownall (1867-1939)|
Fleet Street, London.
Oil on board
Signed on reverse "Geo Hyde P" and inscribed.
9 x 6 inches.
English water gilded frame.
Fleet Street has been associated with printing and publishing since the beginning of the 16th century and by the time that this picture was painted around 1890 most British national newspapers were based there. Much of the newspaper industry moved out in the 1980s but some of the former newspaper buildings and the pubs frequented by journalists have been preserved.
George Hyde-Pownall (1867-1939):
Born in the Nottinghamshire village of Radliffe-on-Trent in 1867, George Hyde-Pownall was a professional artist but also a successful musician and composer. Records show that in 1881, when George was fourteen, the family was living in Lenton, Nottinghamshire, where his father made a living as a gardener. George studied music in London and was a well known tenor by the early 1890's being on the staff of St Andrew's Wells Street and Westminster Abbey. He was also pianist of the vaudeville orchestra at St George's Hall, Marylebone. When he wasn't performing he painted, mostly in oils on a small scale and is best known for his evocative views of London and scenes of city life, often at night. Favourite subjects included Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Westminster, Tower Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral. He worked in the tradition of Whistler and Atkinson Grimshaw but was more greatly influenced by the Impressionists. In 1911 George went to Australia to continue his very successful musical career. He seems to have spent the rest of his life in Australia, living in Melbourne and often touring. He died in 1939 at St Kilda outside Melbourne aged seventy two.
Collections: Melbourne City Council and the Victoria and Albert Museum.