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George William Mote (1832-1909)

George William Mote (1832-1909)

The landscape artist, George William Mote, may have taught himself to paint, and certainly developed a distinctively direct style in order to evoke rural life in England and Wales. Patronised by the great collector, Sir Thomas Phillipps, in Worcestershire in the 1860s, he later settled in Surrey, and made its hilly vistas very much his own.

George William Mote was born in Rowley Green, near Barnet, hertfordshire, the younger of two children of Samuel Mote and his wife, Frances Lucy (née Goodwin), who seem to have separated or divorced early in his childhood. By 1841, Samuel Mote had returned, with his two children, Frances and George, to his own birthplace of Walworth, south of the Thames. They were living at Ebenezer Place, close to Kennington Common (now Kennington Park), and he was working as a ‘cordwainer’ (a shoemaker). Meanwhile, his wife, Frances, was housekeeper to a Mr John Innes, at Drivers Hill, Hendon.

It is not known where Mote was educated, or whether he studied art.

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