George COATES 1869–1930
Portrait and figure painter. Born 8 August 1869 in North Melbourne, Australia, son of a lithographer. Studied at the North Melbourne Art School 1881, and was apprenticed to a glass stainer 1884, when he also attended evening classes at the National Gallery Drawing School. Held a painting class in his own studio 1895–6. Awarded a travelling scholarship 1896 and came to England 1897. Studied under J.-P. Laurens and Dagnan-Bouveret at the Académie Julian, Paris, 1898–1900. Visited Italy 1910. First one-man exhibition at Melbourne 1913, followed by others at Melbourne and Sydney 1921. Served in the R.A.M.C. 1915–19. Exhibited at the R.A. from 1902 and frequently at the Paris Salon from 1898; R.P. 1913; foundation member of the London Portrait Society 1928. Also exhibited at the International Society. Died in London 27 July 1930. Memorial exhibition at the New Burlington Galleries 1931.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I