George Hyde Pownall (1866-1939) "The River Thames with a steamer, Big Ben in the distance" Pre-Raphaelite Impressionist Oil Painting

George Hyde Pownall (1866-1939) "The River Thames with a steamer, Big Ben in the distance" Pré-Raphaelite Impressionist Oil Painting, signed lower right "Geo. Hyde Pownall, within his ebonised original frame and front glass

This painting is in its original state, never restored, never cleaned, with his original frame and original glass protection. 

  • Creator - Artist - Designer:George Hyde Pownall ( 1866 - 1939 )
  • Signature - Monogram:Signed lower right "Geo. Hyde Pownall"
  • Period:end of 19th 
  • Origine:England
  • Dimensions (L x l x h):about 9,4 x 6,3 inches (24 x 16 cm)
  • Weight (kg): 1 Kg
  • Element's number:1
  • Localisated:Belgium - Namur
  • Condition:Excellent
  • Style:Impressionist - Pre-Raphaelite
  • Materials:Oil on board


  • Price:1250€

George Hyde Pownall

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George Hyde Pownall

Piccadilly Circus by George Hyde Pownall.


George Hyde Pownall (1866 – 24 January 1939) was an English artist known for his depictions of London street scenes. He later emigrated to Australia where he painted the expanding city of Melbourne. He was a noted musician in England and continued his musical career in Australia.

Early life and family

George Hyde Pownall was born in Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, in 1866. His wife was Mary Blanche Pownall with whom he had two daughters, Vera Blanche Pownall, and Gertrude Olga Pownall. They had two other sons and a daughter who all pre-deceased Pownall. One, Francis George Hyde Pownall, enlisted in the Australian Army and was killed at Pozieres in France during the First World War.

In 1912 he was living at 53 Cambridge Gardens, Kensington.

Musical career

In England he studied music under Dan Price at the Royal College of Music and was a well-known tenor in London in the 1890s. He was on the musical staff at Westminster Abbey and St Andrew's church, Wells Street. He was a soloist at St Mary's Roman Catholic Church for ten years and a member of the choir of Westminster Cathedral. As an instrumentalist, he worked as a pianist for the vaudeville orchestra at St George's Hall, Marylebone, and was a conductor of the Maskelyne and Devant orchestra. He toured Britain as the pianist for Sir Herbert Tree.

He continued his musical career in Australia.

Art career

Pownall specialised in small paintings of London Street scenes. He worked at a time when horse-drawn and motor vehicle traffic coexisted in London streets and gas light was still commonplace making his nocturnal or twilight images very evocative. His work has been compared to John Atkinson Grimshaw and James Abbott McNeill Whistler in its impressionistic feeling.

He emigrated to Australia around 1914, arriving in Sydney and settling in Melbourne. He lived in the St Kildadistrict of Melbourne from 1924. The Cowen Gallery of the State Library of Victoria owns Bourke Street and Collins Street, both painted around 1914.