Danson, George

BORN 13 Jun 1799, Lancashire - DIED 23 Jan 1881, Greater London
GRAVE LOCATION London: Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, Kensal Green (141/PS (27682))

George Danson was the son of another George Danson, a ship owner from Liverpool. After his father died bankrupt he worked as an apprentice for T and J Shrigley, painters, grainers, and japanners. After he completed his apprenticeship he went London, where the Royal Academy exhibited two of his paintings in 1823. In 1824 he married Ann Ireland. They had seven children.

He worked as a scene painter for showman Andrew Ducrow and for many theatres in London. He also created large panarama's, like "Napoleon's Passage of the Alps" *1850) that were shown at the Surrey Zoological Gardens. His sons Thomas (1829-1917) and Robert (1836-1917) joined his business that was known as Danson and Sons by the late 1840s. Charles Dickens was a friend.

Related persons
• was a friend of Dickens, Charles
• cooperated with Ducrow, Andrew
• designed grave monument of Ducrow, Andrew


The grave of George Danson at Kensal Green Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (25 Mar 2016)


Paths of Glory, The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, London, 1997
• Vivian-Neal, Henry & Alexander Bisset, Their Exits: Encore, The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, London, 2020
Tales from a Scenic Artist and Scholar. Part 391 – The Danson Family of Scenic Artists – Drypigment.net

Dantan, Antoine Laurent

Published: 16 Sep 2018
Last update: 20 Apr 2022