Artist biography

GEORGE BEARE active 1738, d. 1749

Portrait painter of considerable talent who seems to have worked mainly in the West Country. Little is known of his training, but some fifty signed paintings, all dated between 1744 and 1749, suggest a knowledge of Mercier and particularly of Hogarth, with whom he has sometimes been confused with more justice than usual. He died at Andover, Hants., a few days before 22 May 1749, when his obituary appeared in The Salisbury Journal.

C.H. Collins-Baker, ‘A Portrait Painter Rediscovered’, Country Life, 20 March 1958, pp.572–3, 998; Nigel Surry, ‘George Beare: a note on current research’, Burlington Magazine, CXXVII, 1985, pp.745–49

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Elizabeth Einberg and Judy Egerton, The Age of Hogarth: British Painters Born 1675-1709, Tate Gallery Collections, II, London 1988