Nathaniel George Philips
|Nathaniel George Philips|
|Parent(s)||John Leigh Philips|
He was the youngest son of John Leigh Philips of Mayfield, Manchester, where he was born on 9 June 1795. He was educated at Manchester Grammar School, and entered the University of Edinburgh. While pursuing medical studies he made the acquaintance, of Sir William Allan and Scottish artists. A private income allowed him to go to Italy for three years.
Philips, who also practised etching, died unmarried at his residence, Rodney Street, Liverpool, on 1 August 1831.
Philips exhibited landscapes at the Liverpool Academy and the Royal Manchester Institution. The work by which he is best remembered is a series of twenty-eight engravings on copper, many of them from his own drawings, of old halls in Lancashire and Cheshire. These were originally issued in 1822–4 (possibly only 25 then printed). All were reissued in book form in 1893, letterpress by twenty-four local contributors, and a memoir of the artist.