Foggo, George (DNB00)

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FOGGO, GEORGE (1793–1869), historical painter, younger brother of James Foggo [q. v.], born in London 14 April 1793, received his early education with his brother at Paris, and joined him in London in 1819, after which date he was inseparably associated with him in his works and life. With his brother he founded the society for obtaining free access to our museums, public edifices, and works of art, of which the Duke of Sussex was president, Joseph Hume chairman of committees, and George Foggo honorary secretary. He worked as a lithographer also with his brother, and they lithographed their large picture of ‘Parga’ and other original works; in 1828 he published by himself a set of large lithographs from the cartoons by Raphael. Foggo published in 1844 a catalogue of the pictures of the National Gallery, with critical remarks, the first attempt to make the collection intelligible to the public. Together with his brother, he was an unsparing critic of the Royal Academy and its system of education, and published some pamphlets on the subject. He was associated with other plans for the advancement of art, and was a man of great energy. He also published in 1853 the ‘Adventures of Sir J. Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak.’ He died in London 26 Sept. 1869, aged 76.

[Redgrave's Dict. of Artists; Ottley's Dict. of Recent and Living Painters; Graves's Dict. of Artists, 1760–1880; Art Journal, 1860 p. 372, 1869 p. 360; Catalogues of Royal Academy, British Institution, &c.; manuscript and other notes in Anderdon's Illustrated Academy Catalogues, print room, British Museum.]

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