1876 () - 1932
Little is recorded of the London artist, George Hyde-Pownall, and his career. However, his body of work serves as a primary witness to his life experiences, detailing both where he traveled and his particular interests. Born in England during a period of great cultural change, Hyde-Pownall demonstrated a marked awareness of the burgeoning technology and industrialization that spread throughout his country’s metropolitan centers. By frequenting London’s most lively intersections, Hyde-Pownall produced works that captured the glowing lights, omni-buses and thrill of Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, and Hyde Park. He also offered a number of striking views from the Thames River that incorporated London’s famous landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Hyde-Pownall’s paintings suggest that he traveled to Australia where he created views of Melbourne, perhaps between 1911 and 1930. Today, the artist’s works can be found in the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne.