Pioneering Families of Australia


Moore Family -

The Artists

George Moore - soldier and surveyor came from a family of artists, his father  William Moore (1790-1851) was a provincial portrait painter, and four of his fourteen brothers and sisters, of whom Albert Joseph Moore was the youngest, were also artists. Edwin Moore (1813-93) and William Moore jr (1817-1909) were topographical painters working mainly in watercolours.  John Collingham Moore (1829-80) painted landscapes and child portraits and worked in Rome with the artistic group known as the Etruscan School.   Next to Albert, the most talented of the Moore brothers was Henry Moore (1831-95), elected ARA in 1885 and RA in 1893. He had a high reputation in the 19th century for his marine paintings, typically studies of the open seas.

Albert Jospeh Moore John Collinham4 William''s portraits1 William''s portraits2

Portraits by William Moore (1790-1851)  Subjects unknown.

Albert Joseph Moore (1841 - 1893)


wasas born in the city of York, the fourteenth child of a portrait painter, William Moore. His father taught him to paint as a child but the family moved to London after his father's death and he finished his education at Kensington Grammar School. He became a member of the Royal Academy in 1858, travelling to Rome and France in pursuit of further artistic knowledge and inspiration.

Moore's earliest commissions included designs for fabrics, wallpapers, tiles, murals and stained glass which were all clearly influenced by Pre-Raphaelite methods. Whistler admired Moore as a great English artist and they met in 1865. This marked a transition in Moore's style towards Oriental and classical motifs, associated with the Aesthetic Movement. In 1884 Moore was elected Associate of the Royal Society of Painters.


View of the River near Aquacertosa, Italy, by John Collingham Moore. Late 19th century.

Henry Moore self portrait

Bright Morning after a breeze - Henry Moore

Henry Moore - Selt Portrait


In 1975 an art exhibition entitled "Victorian Olympians" toured Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide and featured some of Albert's work.  Unfortuantley, at the time none of the family were aware of our connection to Albert.