George Henry Laporte

1802 - 1873

English Equestrian and Hunting Scenes Painter

George Henry Laporte Biography

George Henry Laporte was the son of the landscape watercolourist and drawing master John Peter Laporte (1761-1839). His sister Mary Anne (b. c.1795) painted portraits and fancy subjects. George was probably taught by his father?s friend, the sporting painter Henry Bernard Chalon (1770-1849). George specialised in sporting paintings and military subjects. He lived with his family at 16 Upper George Street until 1838. He exhibited at the Royal Academy and the British Institution from 1818 and was a member of the New Society of Painters in Water Colours from 1834.

In 1836 Laporte was appointed animal painter to George III?s son Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland and, from 1837, King of Hanover (1771-1851). He also contributed forty-three plates to The Sporting Magazine. He married Eliza Elgie in 1850 and died at 13 Norfolk Square, Paddington in 1873.