Phillip, John

BORN 19 Apr 1817, Aberdeen - DIED 27 Feb 1867, London: Kensington
GRAVE LOCATION London: Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, Kensal Green (056/PS (20251) behind Mulready monument)

John Phillip was born into a poor family in Aberdeen. Lord Panmure supported his education as an artist. He went to London in 1834 and studied at the Ryal Academy of Arts, where he became a member of The Clique, a group of followers of William Hogarth and David Wilkie. He mostly painted Scottish and Italian scenes. In 1851 he visited Spain for his health and after that he mostly painted Spanish subjects.

He was influenced by the preraphaelites, although he had opposed them previously despite his friendship with John Millais.Queen Victoria liked his work and commissioned him in 1858 with "The Marriage of the Princess Royal with the Crown Prince of Germany". Later important works were "The Early Career of Murillo" (1864) and "La Gloria" (1865, National Gallery of Scotland).

He had married Mary Elizabeth, the sister of the painter Richard Dadd, but like her brother she became insane. Phillip died of a stroke when he was visiting William Powell Frith in Kensington.

Related persons
• visited Frith, William Powell
• was a friend of Millais, John


The grave of John Phillip at Kensal Green Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (02 Aug 2019)


Paths of Glory, The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, London, 1997
John Phillip - Wikipedia

Piaf, Édith

Published: 11 Jan 2022
Last update: 11 Jan 2022