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St George Hare RI ROI (1857-1933)

St George Hare, RI ROI (1857-1933)

St George Hare was a painter of contemporary and historical genre, and of portraits, who worked with equal success in oil and watercolour. He was unusual and innovative among British painters of the period, in regularly painting the nude, in a style that seems inspired by the French academic, William-Adolphe Bouguereau.

The breadth of his achievement is well represented in the collections of Stourhead House, the National Trust property in Wiltshire.

St George Hare was born in Limerick, Ireland, on 5 July 1857, the son of George Frederick Hare, a dentist from Ipswich, and his wife, Ella, who came from County Wexford. He spent three years at Limerick School of Art, studying under Nicholas A Brophy. Then, in 1875, he moved to London, studying for seven years at the National Art Training School, South Kensington, where he distinguished himself by acquiring all three art master’s certificates. Though he taught for a while, he concentrated on painting, specialising in portraits and figure subjects.

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