George Goodwin Kilburne England

7-24-1839 Norfolk, ENG – 1924 London, ENG

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Kilburne, George Goodwin

George Goodwin Kilburne was educated at Hawkhurst, Kent, his father's old school. On leaving at the age of 15, he went to London to serve a 5-year apprenticeship as a wood engraver with the Dalziel brothers, engravers and illustrators. His time as an engraver served him well, allowing him to develop the accuracy and detail which would enhance his subsequent painting. He remained with the firm for a further year before leaving to take up watercolor and oil painting as a profession, quickly becoming one of the most sought after and well-known artists in England.

In June 1862, Kilburne married Janet Dalziel they had three sons and two daughters - of these his eldest son, George Goodwin Kilburne Jr., became a very well known painter of animals and figures, principally of sporting subjects.

Kilburne was a keen sportsman and equestrian and involved himself in hunting, cycling and golf. He possessed a good collection of arms and armour, mainly swords, which often figured in his pictures.

George Goodwin Kilburne's paintings often portrayed the upper classes and ultra-fashionable female beauties in opulent late 18th and early 19th-century settings. His depiction of this beauty was heightened by his attention to detail with dress, and richly decorated interiors.

Kilburne travelled extensively in Italy around 1875, and painted in Rome for three months, besides working in Venice at that time, and also in 1876. He did a great deal of sketching in Normandy and Switzerland, besides visiting many parts of England and Wales for the same purpose.

Shortly after the death of the Emperor Napoleon III, the Empress Eugenie commissioned George Goodwin Kilburne to paint several pictures for her.

George Goodwin Kilburne was elected a member of the New Watercolor Society (RI) in 1866. He became a member of the Royal Miniature Society in 1898 and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI) in 1883. In London, Kilburne exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1863–1918, at the Royal Society of British Artists, New Watercolor Society, Royal Miniature Society, Grosvenor Gallery, Dowdeswell Galleries and others.

Movement: Romanticism
Traveled: Italy, France, Switzerland, Wales
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