John Henry Mole was a landscape painter, miniaturist and watercolourist.
Mole began his career as a clerk in a solicitor's office but abandoned this for miniature painting. He exhibited his miniatures at the Royal Academy from 1845. Later he turned to landscape painting and became a prolific exhibitor at the New Watercolour Society, the British Institution, the Grosvenor Gallery and elsewhere.
He was an admirer of JW's work and seconded James Guthrie's proposal to elect JW as an honorary member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1902 (see #01875).
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