Many famous and interesting artists have found inspiration in Surrey's architecture and countryside. Eighteenth and nineteenth century paintings, drawings and sketches often show buildings and rural scenes that have long disappeared. Surrey museums and the Surrey History Centre have large collections of artwork related to the county and some can be viewed on this web site.

10 thoughts on “Artists”

  1. Gemma Turner says:

    What about George F Watts?

    1. Sue Merriman says:

      Hear, hear!

  2. Ian Melville Watson says:

    Arthur Melville ( Scottish artist) lived at Redlands, Witley, Surrey where he died 22-8-1904 and ashes interred at Brookwood. Linked to the ‘Glasgow Boys’

  3. Helen Cooper Grace says:

    One of my ancestors: Well known Artist – THOMAS ALLOM was born 1804 in London and died 1872 Barnes Surrey.

  4. Steve says:

    Landscape Artist Edward Henry Holder (1847-1922) lived in Redhill and Reigate during his working life. Of 11 children he had 3 daughters born in Reigate 1869-1872 whilst living at Holmesdale Road, Reigate (1871 census) and returned to the area living in Chart Lane, Reigate (1891 census) and Hatchlands Road, Redhill (1901 census).

    He has paintings exhibited at the V & A

    His son Charles Vincent Holder (1885-1916) is commemorated at the WW! Memorial at Reigate Grammar School and at the Royal Academy, Piccadilly

  5. Sue Merriman says:

    William Henry Allen (1863-1943), long-time inspirational head of Farnham School of Art and mentor of other creative people, including the architect Harold Falkner. He was known for his, mainly, watercolours of a vanishing English countryside, portraiture and wonderful use of colour. The Allen Gallery may be in Alton (where his mother and brother lived), but he lived and worked in Farnham.

    1. ESP Admin says:

      Dear Sue

      Many thanks for your comment.

      We welcome new contributions to the Exploring Surrey’s Past website. If you would like to submit an article on William Henry Allen I will be happy to add it to the site. You can e-mail text and photographs to [email protected]

      ESP Admin

  6. David Cole says:

    Edward Cole is was my Grandfather.

  7. Sally Jacobs says:

    What about Helen Allingham? resident of Sandhills nr Ripley?

    1. ESP Admin says:

      Dear Sally

      Many thanks for this suggestion.

      Helen Allingham is featured in the Influential Women section on the website:

      Helen could be included under Artists but as her biography was featured in the 2017 Surrey Museums Month we decided to keep all the Influential Women biographies together under one heading. In the A to Z of People ( Helen is listed as a Painter and Illustrator.

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