- Also known as
George Price Boyce
primary name: Boyce, George Price
- individual; painter/draughtsman; British; Male
- Life dates
Boyce originally intended to be an architect, but after three years as an articled pupil chose instead to be a painter. At the same time, in about 1849, he came to know Rossetti, who was to remain an intimate friend for the next thirty years. Boyce confined himself to watercolour landscape, to which he applied strict Pre-Raphaelite principles of truth to nature. He found many of his subjects in the mellow landscape of the upper Thames valley, and he excelled in the representation of old red brickwork (as in 1991,1005.2). Well enough off to make a large collection of Rossetti's works (Virginia Surtees lists more than forty that once belonged to him), he did not depend on his art for a livelihood, but his work is of fully professional standard. Even in the rigorously edited form insisted upon by his family, the diary which he kept between 1851 and 1875 (the complete manuscript was destroyed by enemy action in 1942) is a lively document, important for its references to Rossetti.
Reproductive portrait of Boyce in CVII P5
- Gere 1994
'The Diaries of George Price Boyce', ed. Randall Davies, in 'The Old Watercolour Society's Nineteenth Annual Volume' (1941); text reprinted photographically, with notes etc. by Virginia Surtees (Real World, Norwich, 1980); Allen Staley, 'The Pre-Raphaelite Landscape', 1973; Christopher Newall and Judy Egerton, 'George Price Boyce' (Exh. Tate Gallery, 1987).