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Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Henry Moore (1831-1895), Marine painter and watercolour painter

Landscape and marine painter; born 7 March 1831, at York, son of portraitist William Moore and brother to four other artists, including Albert Moore. Studied with father, at York School of Design and briefly at Royal Academy Schools; exh. RA 1853–1895, Society of British Artists, British Institution, Dudley Gallery, Grosvenor Gallery, and New Gallery, and with Society of Painters in Water Colour, where elected associate 1876, member 1880; elected ARA 1885, RA 1893; well-known works include Catspaws off the Land (RA 1885 [510]; Tate) and The Newhaven Packet (RA 1885 [533]; Birmingham MAG); died 22 June 1895 at Margate.

In appearance he is described as big, broad-shouldered and of medium height, with a full beard, ‘high intellectual forehead crowned by thick dark hair … keen eyes and aquiline nose’. [1] According to Marion Harry Spielmann, ‘almost to the end, he showed himself … an artist who, while conscious of his powers, lived under a sense of wrong’. [2] Others recalled that he was not attractive in manner, and ‘failed to make himself popular’. [3]

Dr Jan Marsh

Footnotesback to top

1) Maclean 1905, p.124.
2) Spielmann 1895b, p.379.
3) Bryan 1904, p.361.

Referencesback to top

Bryan 1904
Bryan’s Dictionary of Painters and Engravers, 4th ed., vol.3, London, 1904.

Dodgson 2004b
Dodgson, C., ‘Moore, Henry (1831–1895)’, rev. M. Pottle, ODNB, Oxford, 2004.

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

Maclean 1905
Maclean, F.J., Henry Moore R.A., Newcastle upon Tyne, 1905; repr. Berkeley, CA, 2009.

O’Donoghue 1908–22
O’Donoghue, F., Catalogue of Engraved British Portraits preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum, 5 vols, London, 1908–22 (and vol.6, H.M. Hake, Supplement and indexes, 1925).

Robinson [1892]
Robinson, R.W., Members and Associates of the Royal Academy of Arts, 1891. Photographed in their Studios by Ralph W. Robinson of Redhill, n.p., [1892].

Spielmann 1895b
Spielmann, M.H., ‘In Memoriam: Henry Moore R.A.’, Magazine of Art, 1895, pp.378–82.