|Special edition of The Studio, 1906|
Henry George Hine (Ethel Blount and Maude Egerton Hine's father) was a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours ('the Institute') from 1864 onwards, becoming Vice President in 1887, a post he held until his death in 1895. His son, Harry Hine became a member in 1879.
|Wareham Bridge, Henry G. Hine,|
from The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours,
The Studio, Special Number, Spring 1906
Walter Crane was a member of the Royal Institute of Watercolours from 1882. Crane joined the Institute when it absorbed 'The Dudley', another watercolour group which organized an annual 'General Exhibition of Water-Colour Drawings' which was held in the Egyptian Gallery of the Dudley Gallery. In 'The History of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours' (The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, The Studio, Special Number, Spring 1906) it is noted that the Institute gained from 'The Dudley' "some of the best men...amongst these men may be noted some like Richard Beavis, Walter Crane and Herbert von Herkomer...twenty-seven men all of repute and distinguished capacity". There is another connection here as Godfrey Blount trained under Herbert von Herkomer at Bushey.
The admission of "The Dudley" members swelled the Institute to what seems today a modest number of eighty-nine. Walter Crane exhibited a number of works including La Belle Dame Sans Merci in their new Piccadilly galleries in 1884.
|La Belle Dame Sans Merci, by Walter Crane|
exhibited at the Royal Institute of Watercolours, 1884
|The two main UK watercolour organizations c.1900,|
both of which are still in existence today
|Study of St Albans Abbey at Sunset,|
Harry T. Hine, 1880
|190-195 Piccadilly, London,|
home of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour 1883-1970
where Henry G. Hine was Vice President 1887-1895
|Godfrey Blout, from Arbor Vitae, 1899|