John Absolon

(6 May 1815 - 5 May 1895)

Born in Lambeth, London. He was an accomplished landscape, seascape and genre painter in oil and watercolour, beginning as a scenery painter for theatres in Drury Lane and Covent Garden, London. He began painting in oil, but following a four year stay in Paris from 1835, he changed his medium to watercolour. His watercolours were praised for their 'fresh and breezy manner', and were well exhibited.


John Absolon first began exhibiting work when he was seventeen years old. He first began painting scenery and portraits in Covent Garden. From 1832 to 1835 he travelled to Paris, and on return he became a member of the New Watercolour society. In his lifetime Absolon exhibited at Royal Society of Artists, Birmingham; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Manchester City Art Gallery; Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolors, London; Royal Society of British Artists, London; Royal Institute of Oil Painters, London; Royal Society of British Artists, London.


The painter and printmaker John Absolon was born in Lambeth in 1815. Despite his London origins, Absolon concentrated on scenes of rural life. He was a precocious artist, who began to paint portraits in oil at the age of 15, and exhibited for the first time at the age of 17, at the Suffolk Street Gallery.

In 1839 Absolon returned to London after four years study in Paris. At this time he abandoned oil for watercolour, joining the New Water-Colours Society.
The American Cyclopaedia. Vol 1, George Ripley & Charles A. Dana, 1873. []

Portrait of the Artist"