John Eyre (British artist)

John Eyre (1847-1927) was a British artist who decorated and designed British pottery.[1][2] He also illustrated books and painted genre paintings.[1] He is known for his paintings of Royal Hospital Chelsea and its veteran residents, as well as for paintings of working people in the pottery industry.[2] He was a member of the Royal Society of British Artists (c. 1877), the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (1917) and Honorary Associate of the Royal College of Art (late in life).[1][2]

Lady with a guitar by John Eyre, from the book Old Ballads.
John Eyre

Born(1847-12-01)1 December 1847
Died13 September 1928(1928-09-13) (aged 80)
StyleGenre painting

Baptized in 1850 at Stoke-on-Trent, Eyre grew up in an artist's family.[1][2] His father was a decorative artist in Staffordshire Potteries.[1][2] Eyre got his education, studying art at South Kensington.[1][2] Initially, he followed his father into the pottery trade, designing and decorating pottery.[1][2] He worked for Mintons, and progressed to become an art director at Doulton of Lambeth.[1][2]

He exhibited artwork at the Royal Academy in 1877, Burlington House, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, Paris Salon, and the Ipswich Art Society.[1][2]



In addition to his ceramic artwork and paintings, John Eyre illustrated classic books, including the Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens,[3] In Memoriam A.H.H. by Alfred Tennyson Tennyson,[4] The seaside and fireside and Voices of the night by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,[5][6] the Compleat Angler by Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton,[7] Rip Van Winkle and Christmas Eve by Washington Irving.[8]

He also illustrated Old Ballads, a book of folk music published about 1907,[9] and Carol Adair by M. B Manwell.[10]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "EYRE, John".
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "JOHN EYRE, R.B.A., R.I., (BRITISH, 1850-1927) Three Potters at their wheels; and Inside the Potteries". Christies' auction house. The Sunday Sale - Property from the Collection of the Late J.S.Goddard, removed from Camp Hill, Baldwin Estate, Staffordshire
  3. ^ Dickens, Charles. Pickwick Papers. Illustrations by John Eyre. London: Collins. OCLC 3323573.
  4. ^ Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson. In Memoriam A.H.H. Illustrations by John Eyre. London: E. Nister. OCLC 5519714.
  5. ^ Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. The seaside and fireside. Illustrations by John Eyre. London: E. Nister. OCLC 19211799.
  6. ^ Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. Voices of the night. Illustrations by John Eyre. London: E. Nister. OCLC 12638444.
  7. ^ Walton, Izaak; Cotton, Charles. The Compleat Angler. Illustrations by John Eyre. London: Collins' Clear-Type Press. OCLC 666967217.
  8. ^ Irving, Washington. Rip Van Winkle; and, Christmas Eve. Illustrations by John Eyre. London: E. Nister. OCLC 31210858.
  9. ^ Old Ballads. Illustrations by John Eyre. London: E. Nister. 1906.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  10. ^ Manwell, M. B. Carol Adair. Illustrations by John Eyre. London: E. Nister. OCLC 300603325.

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