Sir Frederick William Burton

1816-1900 Ireland-Pre-Raphaelite

 

Brief Biography-Sir Frederick William Burton was born in Corofin, Co Clare, Ireland. His father was an amateur artist who took him to Dublin at the age of sixteen for tuition at the Royal Dublin Society Schools. Whilst he was mainly noted for watercolours he started out with miniatures. He exhibited a religious work at the Royal Hibernian Academy when he was only sixteen. Samuel Lover the songwriter, novelist and miniaturist had much influence on him. One of Samuel's most famous quotes was 'When once the itch of literature comes over a man, nothing can cure it but the scratching of a pen'
Frederick began his career touring Ireland, sketching and doing watercolour portraits as he went. His friend the artist George Petrie had some influence on his work. He visited Germany regularly and one such visit lasted for seven years when he was engaged by Maximillian II of Bavaria. He learned a great deal on art during his stay in Germany. There is an influence of German art in his most noted painting 'The Meeting on the Turret Stairs'.
He became a member of the Royal Society of Painters in London after which, along with many other appointments, he was eventually made Director of the National Gallery in London in 1874. He was successful in his post for the acquisitions of numerous notable works by the great masters, for which he was knighted in 1884. He sadly ceased painting after his appointment as Director of The National Gallery.

 

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Fishermans'
Child

The Aran Fishermans Child

Helellil and
Hildebrand

Helellil and Hildebrand

Meeting on the
Turret Stair

Meeting on the Turret Stair Helellil and Hildebrand

Fair
Conchologist

The Fair Conchologist or The Child Miranda


Morning

Sunday Morning


Dreams

Dreams


Watercolour

Watercolour


Esquire

The Knight's Esquire


George Eliot

George Eliot


Pencil

Pencil


Blind Girl

A Blind Girl at a Holy Well


Springtime

Springtime


Miss A Callwell

Miss Annie Callwell