Sir George Cockburn, an English admiral, born April 22, 1772, died Aug. 19, 1853. He served on the East India, home, and Mediterranean stations, and received the thanks of the house of commons for his operations against Martinique, by which that island came into the possession of Great Britain. He took a conspicuous part in the hostilities against the United States, particularly in the burning of the capitol and other public buildings at Washington in 1814, and in laying waste the banks of the Potomac and Chesapeake. Upon the close of the war he was employed to convey Napoleon to St. Helena. After his return to England he served repeatedly as member of the house of commons and as lord of the admiralty.
Sir George Grey, a British author, born at Lisburn, Ireland, in 1812. He was educated in the military college at Sandhurst. In 1837, being then a captain, he asked and received permission to explore the interior of Australia. In 1838, with another expedition, he explored the Swan river district. He returned to England in 1840, and in 1841 was appointed governor of South Australia, in 1846 of New Zealand, in 1854 of Cape Colony, and in 1861 again of New Zealand. He returned to England in 1867. He has published " Journals of Two Expeditions of Discovery in N. W. and W. Australia " (2 vols., London, 1841); " Polynesian Mythology and Ancient Traditional History of the New Zealand Race" (1855); and "Proverbial Sayings of the Ancestors of the New Zealand Race " (1858). He possessed a celebrated library, especially rich in geographical and ethnological works. Dr. II. J. Bleck published in 1859 a critical list of the works on African and Polynesian languages.
Sir George Harvey, a Scottish painter, born at St. Ninian's, near Stirling, in 1805. He was one of the founders of the royal Scottish academy. His pictures represent scenes from Scottish history and domestic life, and particularly those relating to the trials and persecutions of the Covenanters. In some, however, the serious character is relieved by a vein of quaint humor characteristic of the artist's nationality. He has also painted landscapes with effect. Among his works are "Covenanters Preaching" (1830), "The Curlers" (1835), "The Past and Present" (1840), "A Highland Funeral" (1844), "John Bunyan and his Daughter selling Laces at the Door of Bedford Jail" (1857), and "The Penny Bank" (1864). He was elected president of the Scottish royal academy in 1864, and was knighted in 1867. He has published " Notes of the Early History of the Royal Scottish Academy" (1870).
Sir George Howland Beaumont, an English patron of art, born at his family seat in Leicestershire, Nov. 6, 1753, died Feb. 7, 1827. He was educated at Eton, and subsequently devoted himself with enthusiasm to the study of painting and to the collection of works of art. He was among the first to discover and encourage the genius of Wilkie, some of whose finest works were painted for him. He was instrumental in establishing the British national gallery, and, as an inducement to parliament to purchase the celebrated Angerstein collection for that purpose, presented 16 of his best pictures to the collection.