People of Presteigne 1
Joseph Murray Ince (1806-1859)

  A painter of landscapes
Joseph Murray Ince was a successful artist, best known for his watercolour landscapes. He was born in London in April 1806 but moved with his parents to the Presteigne area in early childhood, and is believed to have attended John Beddoes Free Grammar School when it was still on its original site opposite the church. 

A view of Brecon
by Joseph Murray Ince

National Library
of Wales

Ince later received private art tuition in Hereford and moved to London in 1826. He first exhibited his landscapes of Wales and of Herefordshire at the Royal Academy at the age of only 19, and later became a regular exhibitor at many galleries
Another painting by
J M Ince can be seen
on our
Hay pages.

Life in London and Presteigne
He returned to Presteigne in 1830 and produced several drawings,Ince's house in Presteigne paintings, and lithographs of local scenes, including large country houses and beauty spots, around this time. He also produced many drawings and watercolour paintings of Cambridge colleges. Ince married in 1834, but his wife Sarah died shortly after childbirth in the following year.

He seems to have had addresses in London and in Presteigne for much of his life, since regular contact with the major galleries and with wealthy purchasers of his works would obviously have been helpful to his career. In the 1830s he was living at Roseland (photo) in Broad Street, which carries a blue plaque in his memory.
Joseph Murray Ince died in London in 1859 at the age of 53. There is a memorial to the artist in Presteigne parish church.

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