Maurice Greiffenhagen 1862–1931

Artist biography

Maurice GREIFFENHAGEN 1862–1931

Painter of portraits and idyllic subjects, poster designer, decorator and illustrator. Born 15 December 1862 in London, of Baltic German descent. Entered the R.A. Schools 1878; won the Armitage Medal and other awards. From 1887 was much engaged in book illustration, particularly for Rider Haggard's novels and for periodicals. Influenced by Rossetti and the Venetians. Exhibited at the R.A., chiefly portraits, from 1884; A.R.A. 1916, R.A. 1922. Also exhibited at Munich, Dresden, Ghent and elsewhere. Taught at Glasgow School of Art 1906–29. Decorated the British Pavilions for the Paris Exhibition 1925 and Antwerp 1930. Died in London 26 December 1931.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I