George Price Boyce (1826–1897)
was a British watercolour painter of landscapes and vernacular
architecture in the Pre-Raphaelite style. He was a patron and friend
of Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
Originally trained as an architect
after meeting David Cox, the watercolour landscape painter, in
August 1849, he became a painter. His early work shows the influence
of Cox but he went on to develop his own detailed style under the
influence of the Pre-Raphaelite painters he grew to know. He met
Thomas Seddon and Rossetti in about 1849 and William Holman Hunt and
John Everett Millais in 1853. He travelled with the artist and
critic John Ruskin to Venice in 1854 and probably to Switzerland in
1856. Boyce painted in Dinan with Seddon in 1853 and in Egypt with
Frank Dillon in 1861 and 1862.
Boyce exhibited both oils and
watercolours at the Royal Academy between 1853 and 1861. He was a
founder member of the Hogarth Club. He exhibited frequently at the
Royal Watercolour Society and was elected Associate in 1864 and
Member in 1878. He retired from painting in 1893 through ill health.
Boyce's diary has become a major
source of information on Rossetti and the Pre-Raphaelite
A Girl by a Beech Tree in a Landscape
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