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Henry John Boddington (Williams)

Birthdate: (53)
Birthplace: London, England
Death: April 11, 1865 (53)
Barnes, London, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Williams and Ann Williams
Husband of Clarissa Eliza Boddington
Father of Edwin Henry Boddington
Brother of Edward Charles Williams; George Augustus Williams; Albert Gilbert Frederick Williams; Emily Ann Leslie; Sidney Richard Williams and 2 others

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About Henry John Boddington


Henry John Boddington (1811 – 11 April 1865) was an English landscape painter during the Victorian era, and a member of the Williams family of painters.

He was born Henry John Williams on 14 October 1811 in London, the second son of the painter Edward Williams (1781-1855) and Ann Hildebrandt (c.1780-1851), - a member of the Williams family of painters.His father was a well-known landscape artist who taught him how to paint; otherwise he received no formal instruction.

In 1832, when just of age, he married Clarissa (Clara) Eliza Boddington (daughter of John Boddington), and adopted her surname, becoming Henry John Boddington, in order to distinguish his work from that of his brothers and other relatives; They had one child, Edwin Henry Boddington, (14 October 1836, Islington – 1905), who also became a painter. After a few years of great poverty and struggle, Henry John became a very prosperous artist. He lived first at Pentonville, then moved to Fulham, then Hammersmith, and finally in 1854 to Barnes, then in Surrey.

His earliest pictures depicted the scenery of Surrey and the banks of the Thames. Work of his was first exhibited at the Royal Academy, London in 1837, and from 1839 onwards one or two of his pictures were exhibited there every year until his death and four years after it. He showed even more paintings at the Society of British Artists in Suffolk Street. His name appears for the first time in the catalogue for 1837, and in 1842 became a member of the society (RBA), afterwards exhibiting there an average of ten pictures a year until his death. In 1843 he visited Devonshire, staying at Ashburton; in 1846 the English Lake District; and in 1847, for the first time, North Wales, which, especially the country around Betws-Y-Coed and Dolgelly, became his favourite working-ground. Boddington also painted in Scotland, Yorkshire, and other parts of England, but never travelled to the continent.

The Dictionary of National Biography described Boddington as "of a humorous, amiable, and manly character". After suffering for several years from a progressive disease of the brain, he died at his home in Barnes on 11 April 1865.

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Henry John Boddington's Timeline

October 14, 1811
London, England
October 14, 1836
Age 25
London, England
April 11, 1865
Age 53
London, England