|Original Artist||Henry Andrews|
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(1794 Lambeth, England - 1868 London, England)
George Henry Andrews was born in Lambeth, England. By 1840 he was an active book illustrator, and by 1847 was on the artistic staff of the Illustrated London News. In 1837 he accompanied Richard W.H. Howard-Vyse on an archaeological expedition to Egypt, where he served as an engineer and illustrator for Howard-Vyse's three-volume Operations Carried on at the Pyramids of Gizeh (London, 1840-42). His work was also featured in The Crystal Palace, and its Contents: Being an Illustrated Cyclopedia of the Great Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations (London, 1852). Andrews made his career as an illustrator through his work for the Illustrated London New, Illustrated Times, and The Graphic, a magazine, but was also distinguished for his watercolors. A member of the Old Water Colour Society, he exhibited his works there from 1840 to 1850, and also with the Royal Academy from 1850 to 1893. As befitting an artist-traveler, Andrews was a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. In the fall of 1860 he accompanied the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII, on an extensive tour of the United States and Canada. As the official artist, he produced numerous sketches for the Illustrated London News. Some of his most famous works are those depicting Niagara Falls and the harbors of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Portland, Maine, and Boston, Massachusetts. The prince and his entourage traveled as far south as Richmond, Virginia. When the travelers returned to England in October 1860, Andrews either remained behind in the United States, or returned after a brief visit to London, for he was back at work by early 1861 in the South and American West. Andrews' illustrated article on the "Slave Auctions in Richmond, Virginia" appeared in the Illustrated London News in February 1861. By that time, he had already traveled to Missouri where he drew "Pony Express Riding from Missouri to San Francisco," published in an 1862 issue of the newspaper. Andrews remained in the United States covering early campaigns of the American Civil War for the Illustrated London News but by the end of 1861 was back in Canada. He returned to England by mid-1862, and later traveled to France to cover the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71) for his newspaper. Following his distinguished career in Great Britain as an illustrator and watercolorist, Andrews died in 1898 at his home in Hammersmith, London.