George Balmer was born in North Shields and would’ve known this location well. He enjoyed his local surroundings and often painted fine views along the coastline. His father was a house painter and George initially took up the family trade. However, his talent for art pulled him in another direction.
Balmer was predominantly self-taught but did receive some early tuition from painter John Wilson Ewbank (c.1779-1847). He also undertook various trips to Europe - particularly Holland, Switzerland, and Paris where he spent several months studying the old masters at the Louvre.
However, Balmer was always happiest when working in his local area.
Born: North Shields, c. 1806
Died: Durham, England, 1846
Studied: Under John Wilson Ewbank (c.1779-1847)
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