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Henry George Hine

Birthdate: (85)
Birthplace: Brighton, East Sussex, UK
Death: 1896 (85)
Immediate Family:

Son of William Hine and Mary Hine
Husband of Mary Ann Eliza Hine
Father of Alice Hine; Henry William Hine; Mary Elizabeth Hine; Marian Hine; Frederick James Egerton Hine and 5 others

Occupation: Royal Academy Artist
Managed by: Ric Dickinson
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About Henry George Hine

Henry George Hine was a notable Victorian watercolourist (he rose to become Vice President of the Royal Institute) who specialised in delicate, intimate depictions of the South Coast and the South Downs, where he lived for most of his long life.

Hine was born in Brighton and was apprenticed to a stipple engraver called Henry Meyer in London before spending two years in Rouen. He then returned to the South Coast where he set up as a jobbing artist, contributing illustrations to Punch and the Illustrated London News as well as marine paintings. Hine’s work in watercolours was influenced by the then pre-eminent practitioner, Anthony Vandyke Copley Fielding, both in terms of treatment and subject matter.

Hine devised his own unique method of refining the cake colours sold by the colourmen, by grinding them on the slab a second time to achieve greater fineness, according to Sir George Clausen. “Then when he had mixed a tint in a sauce, he would let it stand a while and then pour off the top and use that for his skies, which were of an extreme delicacy”.

This attention to detail clearly paid off.

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Henry George Hine's Timeline

Brighton, East Sussex, UK
July 17, 1843
Age 32
February 17, 1845
Age 34
June 24, 1846
Age 35
March 22, 1848
Age 37
September 7, 1849
Age 38
September 27, 1851
Age 40
March 7, 1853
Age 42
December 27, 1854
Age 43