Ozias Humphry (1742-1810), Painter
Sitter in 7 portraits
Artist associated with 43 portraits
Ozias Humphry trained under miniaturist Samuel Collins in Bath before moving to London in 1764. He established himself as a successful miniature portraitist, exhibiting at the Society of Artists from 1765 to 1771. Humphry damaged his eyes in a horse riding accident in 1772, after which he found it hard to paint miniatures. He spent several years abroad: from 1773 to 1777 he was in Italy, learning to paint in oils, and from 1785 to 1787 he travelled in India, producing many miniatures and sketches. His failing eyesight caused him to take up pastels, and he become portrait painter in crayons to the king in 1792. Five years later, Humphry went blind and was forced to give up painting.