James Edward Grace was a landscape painter and illustrator. His wife was Mary Grace.
Grace was active exhibiting in London between 1871 and 1903, showing at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour, Dudley Art Gallery, Grosvenor Gallery, New Gallery, Agnew and Sons Gallery, Arthur Tooth and Sons Gallery, Ridley Art Club, New English Art Club and Society of British Artists, as well as at the Royal Society of Artists in Birmingham, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Hibernian Academy, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and Manchester City Art Gallery. In 1879 he was elected a member of the SBA, a Society which was to appoint JW its President in 1886 and under him was to gain a Royal Charter.
In 1884 Grace was included in a list of those invited to a private view of JW's exhibition, 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes' being held at Dowdeswell's Gallery in London (#08682).
He entered a raffle of JW's etchings in 1886 in order to help raise money for the SBA (#05276). In 1888 Grace was a member of the Hanging Committee of the Royal Society of British Artists (#05324) and in the same year there was a suggestion that he would be willing to take on the role of Secretary should William Christian Symons decline the post (#03731). However, JW appears to have considered Grace to have betrayed him in some way at this time, possibly in not giving his full support to JW, who was forced to resign his Presidency in this year (#01779).
Nevertheless, he was among the proposed invitees to a dinner organised by W. C. Symons to congratulate JW on becoming an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Munich, a dinner which was to be held at the Criterion in Piccadilly on 1 May 1889 (#05636).
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