Henry Grant Lloyd

Henry Grant Lloyd

British (1829 - 1904)

Henry Grant Lloyd (1830-1904), was born on 6 January 1830 at Chester, England. He was the  son of Lieutenant Henry Lloyd, Bengal Native Infantry, and his wife Charlotte, née Williams. His father retired to Van Diemen’s Land, Tasmania, in 1840 and bought land at New Norfolk, which he named Bryn Estyn after the family home in Wales. 

Henry Grant became a divinity student at Christ’s College, Bishopsbourne, Tasmania, but in 1851 Bishop Nixon decided that he was not a suitable ordinand. In 1846-57 Lloyd sketched in Tasmania and by 1858 was painting in New South Wales. He was influenced by Conrad Martens (British 1801 – 1878) and was probably one of his pupils. Lloyd painted sporadically in Martens’s style until the 1870s but could not subdue his own spontaneous vision. In artistic style and temperament he was perhaps closer to Samuel Elyard (Australian 1817-1910) than to the accomplished Martens. Lloyd may also have been influenced by John Skinner Prout (British 1805–1876).

Much of Lloyd’s early work is hasty and crude, with heavy over-painting and rather unpleasant colouring. In later years he sometimes used larger areas of clear wash, pale and delicate in tone, which with the white of the paper helped to achieve an air of simplicity and serenity. He also painted landscapes and rocks in deliberate contour patterns with stronger colours, but his figures and buildings are generally poor. Many of his sketches are landscapes, a number of which are of historical interest and include his lithograph ‘Hobart Town from the New Wharf’ about 1857 and his view of the Canberra plains in 1862. 

He was meticulous in giving each work a date and title; many even have compass directions. He travelled and sketched widely in New South Wales and Queensland until 1864, Tasmania in 1872-75 and New South Wales in 1875-80. He visited Britain in the 1870s , exhibiting Welsh sketches in Dunedin, New Zealand, where he lived in 1881-99 and was a member of the Otago Art Society. In 1900 he settled in Tasmania and died at New Norfolk on 31 May 1904.

Some 1500 of Lloyd’s sketches are in the Mitchell and Dixson Libraries, Sydney, and a collection of his work is in the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, Hobart.

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