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 George William Joy  (1844 - 1925)

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Lived/Active: England/Ireland      Known for: history, figure and social genre painting

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George William Joy:
Born in Dublin, George Joy learned painting and drawing at London's South Kensington School of Art, and at the Royal Academy schools under John Everett Millais, before going to Paris for two years in 1868 to study portraiture and narrative history painting under Charles Francois Jalabert.

Returning to London, he successfully submitted Laodamia and Joan of Arc to the Royal Academy, following these narrative pictures with a series of patriotic works (eg. The Young Nelson, The Young Wellington, The Little Drummer Boy, et al), portraits (eg. HRH Princess Alice of Albany) and yet more narrative paintings (eg. The Danaids), which won him medals at the Royal Academy, the Paris Salon, Munich, St Petersburg and Chicago.

An artist who specialized in polished and highly popular subjects, Joy found a ready supply of dealers and customers for his paintings, and exhibited widely in Europe, and especially the UK, where his works still hang in numerous regional museums.

His best known works include General Gordon's Last Stand (1885), depicting the final moments of Gordon's life in Khartoum, The Bayswater Omnibus (1895), a charming genre-painting contrasting the differing social classes of the bus passengers, and Flora MacDonald's Farewell to Prince Charles

As well as the Royal Academy and the Paris Salon, he showed at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Royal Society of Artists in Birmingham, the Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, the Manchester City Gallery, The Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts and the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin (11 pictures).

Both of Joy's sons were killed on the Western Front during World War I.  He died in Hampshire at the age of 81.

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