Joseph Murray Ince

(1806 - 24 September 1859)

It is thought that Joseph Ince was born in 1806, in London; and he spent his childhood in Presteigne in Radnorshire. He was certain of his career choice and took immediately to painting. From 1823 to 1826, he was a pupil under the painter David Cox. In 1826, he moved and exhibited at the Royal Academy.

In 1832, he made many architectural drawings and views of the colleges in Oxford and Cambridge. Ince was a drawing master at Cambridge University in the 1830s. He married in 1834, but lost his wife in childbirth. About 1835, he returned to Presteigne, where he spent the majority of his time, but he had to keep contact with his customers as well in London. He had inherited some property from his parents which supplemented the good income that he made from his painting. He painted many maritime and rural scenes including harvesting and woodcutting showing contemporary people and their animals.

Ince died on 24 September 1859, and was buried in Kensal Green cemetery, London. He was a good painter of landscape in water-colours. There are examples of his drawings at the South Kensington Museum, and in the print room at the British Museum. There is a blue plaque on his former house in Powys and a monument was erected to his memory at Presteigne.

Dictionary of National Biography


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