Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Phillips, Giles Firman

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PHILLIPS, GILES FIRMAN (1780–1867), landscape-painter, born in 1780, had some reputation as a landscape-painter in water-colours, his favourite subjects being views on the Thames. He was a member of the new Water-colour Society and also a frequent exhibitor at the Society of British Artists, and occasionally at the Royal Academy and other exhibitions from 1830 to 1858. Phillips published ‘Principles of Effect and Colour, as applicable to Landscape Painting,’ which ran through three editions; and in 1839 a ‘Practical Treatise on Drawing and Painting in Water-colours, with Illustrative Examples,’ &c., with illustrations by himself. Phillips died on 31 March 1867, aged 87.

[Redgrave's Dict. of Artists; Graves's Dict. of Artists, 1760–1893; South Kensington Cat. of Books on Art.]

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