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George Samuel Elgood RI ROI (1851-1943)

George Samuel Elgood, RI ROI (1851-1943)

George Samuel Elgood is best known for his watercolours of gardens, which were informed by a combination of observation and knowledge, and exemplfiy a classic genre of the Edwardian age. However, his range encompassed landscapes and interiors, as is exemplified by the present work.

George Samuel Elgood was born in Oxford Street, Leicester, on 26 February 1851, one of 10 children of a wool merchant. Brought up in Suffolk, he was educated privately and, for a year, from 1865, at Bloxham School, near Banbury. For financial reasons, the family returned to Leicester soon after that date. He studied at Leicester School of Art, and sketched the surrounding countryside with his teacher, Wilmot Pilsbury; his brother, Thomas Elgood; and his future brother-in-law, John Fulleylove.

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