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John Ingle Lee

Liverpool-born artist (1839 - 1882) who came under the influence of the Pre-Raphaelites

John Ingle Lee (1839-82) was born in Liverpool in 1839. His family ran a straw bonnet business that was eventually to become the famous Liverpool department store, George Henry Lee’s. It in turn became John Lewis. Lee attended classes at the Liverpool Academy between 1858 and 1860, where he received some tuition from William Davis (1812 - 1873). In his attention to detail and use of bright colours, the young Lee was clearly influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites. However, like James Campbell (1828 - 1893), he also developed his own idiosyncratic style of painting. Lee painted mainly genre and narrative pictures, although he also produced a number of landscape subjects.

It is probable that a red-haired, Pre-Raphaelite beauty who appears in several of his paintings is Mary Ann Murdock, who he married in 1863. Lee moved to London in the mid-1860s from where he exhibited work in Liverpool, London and Glasgow. In the later 1870s, possibly bolstered by family wealth, Lee commissioned a large new house with an art studio in fashionable Hampstead. Only five years after moving in, Lee died prematurely in Dalmally, Argyll, on what was probably a landscape painting trip in Scotland.

Lee exhibited nine works at the Liverpool Academy between 1859 and 1867, and two works at the Liverpool Institution of Fine Arts in 1863. The great Liverpool art patron John Miller (about 1796 - 1876) collected his work.
  • Gender
    Male
  • Relationship
    Artist/maker
  • Nationality
    British
  • Born
    1839
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Merseyside: Liverpool
  • Died
    1882
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: Scotland: Argyll: Dalmally
  • Cause of death
    Enteritis; Typhoid
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