Oil Painting "A Town View" by John Fulleylove,
R.O.I. (1874 )
John Fulleylove was born in Leicester
on 18 August 1845. He was a painter of townscenes, landscapes and genre subjects
in oil and primarily watercolours. His early working life was spent as an
apprentice to an architect, giving him a solid grounding in drawing and perspective.
His love of travel and drawing led him to become a professional artist and
illustrator. To establish his name, he began showing his work at the major
exhibition houses in London from 1871. This was the beginning of a prolific
career with pictures shown at the Royal Academy, Royal Society of British
Artists, Fine Art Society (over 400 works), Royal Institute (133), Royal Institute
of Oil Painters (59), Arthur Tooth's, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists,
Grovesnor Gallery, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, Leicester Galleries, Manchester
City Art Gallery and Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin.
Fulleylove was elected a member of the Royal Institute (previously the New
Watercolour Society) in 1879, and of its sister society, the Royal Institute
of Painters in Oils, in 1883, becoming the R.O.I. 's Vice-President in 1906.
Examples of his exhibits include: 'The Shambles, York' (R.B.A. 1871), 'Town
Hall, Leicester Market Morning' (R.B.A. 1872), 'The Vicarage' (R.B.A. 1873),
'The Pantheon, Rome' (R.A. 1877), 'The Houses of Parliament, from Lambeth
Bridge' (R.A. 1878), and 'The Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem' (R.A. 1903).
John travelled abroad widely and painted architecture and gardens in Versailles,
Florence, Rome and Athens and visited the Middle East and the Holy Land. His
work was also published in a long series of late Victorian and Edwardian colour
plate books, and he worked for the Illustrated London News. His work won international
acclaim in Paris, with a bronze medal in the Universal Exhibition of 1889
and an honourable mention in 1900. He died in London on 22 May 1908, but examples
of his work can still be seen in many leading collections, including the V
& A, Ashmolean, Fitzwilliam, Greenwich, the Museums of Coventry and Maidstone,
and the Art Galleries of Liverpool, Cardiff, Leicester, Newport and Stalybridge.
Refs: C.Wood - The Dictionary of Victorian Painters
A.Graves - A Dictionary of Artists 1760-1893
Johnson & Greutzner - Dictionary of British Artists
E.Benezit - Dictionnaires des Peintres
H.Mallalieu - Dictionary of Watercolour Artists
S.Houfe - Dictionary of British Illustrators
G.Waters - Dictionary of British Artists 1900-1950
R.A., R.B.A. Exhibitors Lists