George Clare

(1835 - 1890)

British still painter was patriarch of the family most associated with English still life painting in the late nineteenth century. His son's Oliver and Vincent continued the tradition into the early twentieth century.

He maintained a studio in Birmingham and was a frequent exhibitor at many prestigious venues including the Royal Academy 1864, 1866 and 1867. George exhibited his first works in 1864 - exhibiting at the Royal Academy "Plums, etc."; the British Institution - "Camellia, etc." and at the Royal Society of British Artists "Grapes, plums, etc." He would continue to exhibit his works at these major halls until 1874. During the Victorian period the Royal Academy was "at the zenith of its power and prestige, and its exhibitions were the high point of the artistic season." He also exhibited at the rival British Institution and at the Society of British Artists, which became Royal in 1887 while James McNeill Whistler was president.

Clare's still lifes reflect the popularity of the Pre-Raphaelite movement with their attention to detail and realistic treatment. William Morris Hunt was a great influence.

A painter of highly finished and precisely detailed fruits and flowers The family consisted of George (1835 - 1900) and his three sons David (born 1870), Oliver (1853-1927) and Vincent (1855-1930) - all, except David, were artists.

George lived and died in Barnet, Hertfordshire - although it is known that he spent a number of years in Birmingham - evidenced by the fact that his address is given as 173, Bristol Street, Birmingham for the paintings he exhibited during the 1860’s. Among his contemporaries were Thomas Worsey (1829-1875), John Sherrin (1819-1896) and William Hull (1820-1880) – all specializing in finely detailed still-life paintings.