George Ward Hunt (1825-77) Chancellor of the Exchequer
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About the artist
George James Stodart was born in Camden Town; the son of portrait engraver George Stodart. His brothers, Edward William Stodart and David J. Stodart, also trained as engravers. At 22 he was living in Islington with his parents. He married Maria, a dressmaker from Hackney, in 1862 and by the time of the 1871 census had a seven year old daughter, Ellen. His second daughter, Phanuel, was born 15 years after Ellen. By 1881 Stodart had moved from Islington to the town of Edenbridge and by 1891 to the village of Appledore, both in Kent. He was aged 73 and resident in Streatham at the time of the 1911 census. Although his occupation was still given as ‘portrait engraver on steel’ he was by now ‘blind [and] paralised’. He died two years later.