Briton Rivière England
8-14-1840 London, ENG – 4-20-1920 London, ENGBack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Briton Rivière was educated at Cheltenham College and Oxford, where he took his degree in 1867. For his art training he was indebted almost entirely to his father, William Rivière (1806–1876), was for some years drawing-master at Cheltenham College, and then an art teacher at the University of Oxford. His paternal uncle Henry Parsons Rivière (1811–1888) was also a noted watercolorists, exhibiting works at the Royal Watercolor Society, London and the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.
His first pictures appeared at the British Institution, and in 1857 he exhibited three works at the Royal Academy, but it was not until 1863 that he became a regular contributor to the Academy exhibitions. In that year he was represented by The eve of the Spanish Armada, and in 1864 by a Romeo and Juliet. However, subjects of this kind did not attract him long, for in 1865 Briton Rivière began, with Sleeping Deerhound, a series of paintings of animal-subjects which occupied much of the rest of his life.
Early in his career, Briton Rivière made some mark as an illustrator, beginning with Punch magazine. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1878, and R.A. in 1881, and received the degree of Doctor of Civil Law at Oxford in 1891. He was narrowly defeated in the election for President of the Royal Academy in 1896. His wife, Mary Alice Rivière who he married in 1867, was a painter and exhibited briefly at the Royal Academy of Arts, one of the sons, Hugh Goldwin Rivière (1869–1956), became a portraitist.
Paintings by Briton Rivière are held by public institutions including the Tate, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Royal Holloway, University of London
Art Movement: Victorian Classicism
Influences: William Rivière