Arthur Merric Boyd

Arthur Merric Boyd

Arthur Merric Boyd (19 March 1862 – 30 July 1940) was an Australian painter, and founder of the Boyd artistic dynasty.

Boyd was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, son of Captain John Theodore Thomas Boyd, formerly of County Mayo, Ireland, and his wife Lucy Charlotte, daughter of Dr Robert Martin of Heidelberg, Victoria. The Boyds moved to Australia in the mid 1870s, and on 14 January 1886 Boyd married Emma Minnie à Beckett, also an artist, daughter of the Hon. W. A. C. à Beckett of Melbourne.cite web |url= |title=Boyd, Arthur Merric (1862 - 1940) |accessdate=2008-02-22 |author=Marjorie J. Tipping |work=Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 7 |publisher=MUP |year=1979 |pages=pp 371-373] . In 1890 they moved to England and lived for a time at Westbury, Wiltshire, and in 1891 husband and wife each had a picture in the Royal Academy exhibition.

Boyd then travelled and painted a good deal on the continent of Europe, and returned to Australia about the end of 1893, where he lived mostly in Sandringham and other suburbs of Melbourne for the rest of his life. He occasionally sent good work to the exhibitions of the Victorian Artists' Society, but never mixed much in the artistic life of his time.

Mrs. Boyd died at Melbourne on 13 September 1936 and her husband on 30 July 1940. Each is represented by a picture in the National Gallery of Victoria at Melbourne.

They left three sons, Theodore Penleigh Boyd (1890–1923), Martin à Beckett Boyd (1893–1972), a popular writer of fiction under the name "Martin Mills", and Merric Boyd (1888–1959), a potter, and a daughter Helen à Beckett Boyd, a painter.


*Dictionary of Australian Biography|First=Arthur Merric|Last=Boyd|Link=
* Brenda Niall, "The Boyds", Melbourne, Melbourne University Press, 2002. (ISBN 0-522-84871-0)

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* [ Arwork by Arthur Boyd in the collection of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa]

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