Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Albert Joseph Moore (1841-1893), Painter

Painter; born 4 September 1841, at York, son of portraitist William Moore and brother to four other artists including Henry Moore. Studied at Royal Academy Schools 1858, and in Rome 1862–3; exh. RA 1857–93, Society of Painters in Water Colour 1884–9, Grosvenor Gallery 1877–88, where his works, typically single female figures with formalized proportions, neo-classical drapery and floral accessories, established a major strand of the Aesthetic Movement; solitary by temperament, his closest friends were William Eden Nesfield and James McNeill Whistler, on whose behalf Moore testified in the suit against John Ruskin in 1878; died 25 September 1893, in Westminster.

Few people knew him well, for he seldom took the trouble to make friends, yet he was the most gentle and affectionate of men. His splendid Christ-like head with its broad brows and great visionary brown eyes was set upon an awkward little body … his usual indoor costume was a very long and very large ulster, far too big for him [with which] he wore a large broad-brimmed hat without a crown. [1]

Dr Jan Marsh

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1) Robertson 1931, pp.57–8.

Referencesback to top

Asleson 2000
Asleson, R., Albert Moore, London, 2000.

Baldry 1894
Baldry, A.L., Albert Moore, His Life and Works, London, 1894.

Maas 1984
Maas, J., The Victorian Art World in Photographs, London, 1984.

Robertson 1931
Robertson, W.G., Time Was: Reminiscences, London, 1931.

Staley 2004
Staley, A., ‘Moore, Albert Joseph (1841–1893)’, ODNB, Oxford, online ed., September 2004.