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Arthur Merric Boyd (19 March 1862 – 30 July 1940) was an
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n painter. He and his wife Emma Minnie (
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à Beckett) established a lifestyle of being artists which many generations followed to create the popular image of the
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Biography

Boyd was born in
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, son of Captain John Theodore Thomas Boyd, formerly of
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, Ireland, and his wife Lucy Charlotte, daughter of Dr Robert Martin of Heidelberg, Victoria. The Boyds moved to
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in the mid-1870s, and on 14 January 1886 Boyd married Emma Minnie à Beckett, also an artist and known as Minnie, daughter of the Hon. William Arthur Callendar à Beckett, W. A. C. à Beckett of Melbourne. In 1890 they moved to England and lived for a time at Penleigh House, 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, Victoria, 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. Minnie Boyd died at Melbourne on 13 September 1936 at Sandringham. Arthur Merric Boyd died on the property of his son, Merric Boyd, Merric, at Murrumbeena on 30 July 1940. Each is represented by a picture in the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. They left three sons, Penleigh Boyd, Theodore Penleigh Boyd (1890–1923), Martin Boyd, Martin à Beckett Boyd (1893–1972), a popular writer of fiction firstly under the name 'Martin Mills' and then his own, and Merric (1888–1959), a potter, and a daughter Helen Read, Helen à Beckett Boyd, a painter.


Selected paintings

File:Arthur Merric Boyd - not titled (gathering seaweed before the storm, Sandringham beach) - Google Art Project.jpg, Gathering Seaweed Before the Storm, Sandringham, Victoria, Sandringham Beach File:Boyd-Winter.jpg, Winter Evening File:Boyd-Ship.jpg, North Wharf, Melbourne File:Boyd-Jetty.jpg, Fishing at the Jetty


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Artwork by Arthur Boyd in the collection of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
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