George Pontin was born in Tangmere near Chichester in 1872. He was educated and trained as an artist in Australia, to where his family had migrated in 1885. He returned to England with his family in 1897, living first in Sussex. He exhibited at the Royal Academy at this time. He seems to have moved to Southampton in 1903, when he exhibited at the Southampton Art Society for the first time. He initially lived in St James Road, Shirley, before moving to 55 Millbrook Road. This building (image 3) still stands, but it no longer has its balcony or veranda. He moved to Gloucester in c.1911 but continued to exhibit at the Southampton Art Society. He had been elected to the society's council in 1906, a position he held until 1927. He died in 1949 aged 77.

Southampton Art Gallery holds a number of his paintings as does the City Museums Collections. Examples of his work are Cook Street and St Mary’s (image 2) and The Old Prison, French Street (Image 1)

1. The Old Prison, French Street

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By George Pontin

Cook Street and St Mary's

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By George Pontin.

3. 55 Millbrook Road

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Photograph, 1941. No. 55 is on the left.

Further reading:

'George Pontin - a Southampton Artist', by John Jones in FOSMAG Newsletter, no. 76, Spring 2015, p18-19. (HS/lt)


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