George Arthur Fripp

(13 June 1813 - 17 October 1896)

Son of a clergyman and grandson of Nicholas Pocock, one of the founders of the old Water-colour Society, was born in Bristol in 1813. Bristol was then the headquarters of a notable group of painters; and from two of these he received his art-training, leaining oil-painting from J. B. Pyne, but owing most to Samuel Jackson, his master in water-colour. He painted portraits in oil in his native town for some years, maintaining a close friendship with W. J. Muller with whom he travelled in Italy. In 1841 he migrated to London, and in the same year was elected an Associate of the Royal Society of Painters in Water-colour. A large landscape in oils, 'Mount Blanc from near Cormayeur, Val d'Aosta,' which was exhibited at the Academy in 1848, elicited the praise of Turner, and was bought and presented to the Corporation of Liverpool, in whose gallery it now hangs. He painted but little in oil, and soon devoted himself entirely to water-colour. In 1845 he became full member of the Society, and in 1848 was appointed Secretary, a post he retained till his resignation in 1854. He was elected a member of the Belgian Society of Painters in Water-colour in 1872 or 1873. He was a regular contributor to the Exhibitions of his Society (sending in fifty years nearly 600 drawings), and was always active and zealous in its service. He was an accomplished landscape-painter. Early in his career he painted some Swiss and Italian scenes, but most of his work was done at home. He particularly excelled in river-scenery, and his numerous views on the Thames are of high merit. Picturesque ruins, Scottish and Welsh mountain scenery, rustic subjects and rocky coast-pieces (Dorset, Cornwall and Sark), were treated by him with firm draughtsmanship, close fidelity to natural truth, and much feeling for pure colour and tender atmosplieric effect. He painted in transparent colours, avoiding the use of body-colour. He died in Hampstead in 1896, after a period of failing health. His son, C. E. Fripp, is an Associate of the Royal Society of Painters in Water-colour.

[Bryan's dictionary of painters and engravers, 1903.]

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Practiced art in Bristol for some years, and settled in London about 1840, since which time he has been a frequent contributor to the exhibitions of the Society of Painters in Water-Colors, of which he was made a member early in his career, acting for some time as Secretary of the Society. Paints landscapes which are highly regarded, and meet with ready sale. At the exhibition in 1877 he had twelve pictures, scenes on the isles of Skye and Sark, and elsewhere in the North.

"George A. Frijip's" Study of a Hillside and Cavern, Cornwall, 18771 is very admirable and a marvel of nice art .... Exhibits the most skillful draughtsmanship, and is a truly beautiful and effective piece of water-color." -- Art Journal, February, 1877.

Artists of the Nineteenth Century; Work & Biographical Sketches. By Clara Erskine Clement & Laurence Hutton, 1879.
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