George Francis Joseph, portrait and subject painter, entered the Royal Academy Schools in London at the age of 20 as an engraver. He later established himself as a portrait painter in London and exhibited at both the Royal Academy and the British Institution. He also painted some fancy pictures and designed book illustrations. His best known works include ‘Mrs. Siddons as the Tragic Muse’ (1797) and ‘Return of Priam with the Dead Body of Hector’ (c.1811). In 1813, he was elected an associate of the Royal Academy. In 1836, Joseph retired to Cambridge, where he died ten years later.
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