John Fulleylove, RI (1847-1908)
Painter, born in Leicester and educated locally, serving an apprenticeship as a clerk to a local firm of architects.
In his free time, he began to develop a strong interest in picturesque architecture by sketching from nature. He received some instruction in painting from Harry Ward, a drawing master of the school of James Duffield Harding. His earliest drawings were views of his native town and its environs, and his first exhibits, in London in 1871, were of English subjects influenced by his friend the painter Thomas Collier.
Subsequently, he painted widely at home and abroad, in Europe and the Near East.
He exhibited the results of these journeys regularly with London societies and dealers, including the Leicester Galleries, and in provincial centres.
In 1878, Fulleylove married Elizabeth, sister to the painter George Elgood, later settling in London. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours in 1878, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours in 1879, and Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 1883.
He enhanced his status with a number of solo exhibitions held at the Fine Art Society between 1882 and 1902, and especially with the exhibition in 1896 of ninety drawings made on his travels through Greece with his friends Alfred Higgins and Somers Clarke. Fulleylove's work was reproduced as postcards by Raphael Tuck on several occasions. He died while working on a commission for publishers A & C Black on a book about Eton.
Examples of his work are in the collections of the Tate Gallery and the Government Art Collection.