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First Posted: Sept 5, 2010
Sep 7, 2010

Charles Burton Barber/English Oil Painter


Charles Burton Barber

Charles Burton Barber was born in 1845 in Great Yarmouth in Norfolk. He studied at the Academy Schools at the age of 18. He as an English painter who excelled in the painting of animals, horses included, and children. He achieved great success during his lifetime. Barber became known as one of England's finest animal painters or sporting painters. His paintings were sentimental and photographically realistic. He also did sketches. Barber received commissions from Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII). Some of his work is in the Royal Collection--mostly portraits. From 1866 to 1893 he exhibited at the Royal Academy. He was also elected to be a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.

In 1894 he got his final commission to paint Queen Victoria and her grandchildren in her pony-carriage. Barber died in 1894 at 49, in London, soon after completing the commissioned painting for Queen Victoria. It is also interesting to note that many of Barber's paintings were engraved. Much of his art can be seen at Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight. He exhibited at the Walker Art Gallery, Manchester City Art Gallery, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Fine Art Society.

After Barber's death Arthur Elsley became known for painting pets and children.


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