Valentine Cameron Prinsep England
2-14-1838 Calcutta, IND - 11-11-1904 London, ENGBack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Valentine Cameron Prinsep was an intimate friend of G. F. Watts, under whom he first studied. He went out with Watts in 1856–57 to watch Sir Charles Newton's excavation of Halicarnassus. After studying under Watts he proceeded to Marc-Charles-Gabriel Gleyre's atelier in Paris. There Whistler, Poynter, and du Maurier were among his fellow students, and he sat unconsciously as a model for Taffy in du Maurier's novel Trilby. From Paris, Prinsep passed to Italy, with Burne-Jones he visited Siena and there he made the acquaintance of Robert Browning, of whom he saw much in Rome during the winter of 1859–60.
Valentine Cameron Prinsep was an intimate friend of John Everett Millais and of Edward Burne-Jones, with whom he traveled in Italy. He had a share with Rossetti and others in the decoration of the hall of the Oxford Union. With other members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, he taught at the Working Men's College during the mid-19th century.
Valentine Cameron Prinsep first exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1862 with his Bianca Capella, his first picture, which attracted marked notice, being a portrait (1866) of General Gordon in Chinese costume. Prinsep lent the costume to Millais who used it in his own painting Esther. Valentine Cameron Prinsep's chief paintings were Miriam watching the infant Moses, A Venetian lover, Bacchus and Ariadne, News from abroad, The linen gatherers, The gleaners, and A minuet.
In 1877, he went to India and painted a huge picture of the Delhi Durbar, exhibited in 1880 at the Royal Academy, presented to Queen Victoria and afterwards hung at Buckingham Palace. This "colossal work" attracted much favorable press.
Art Movement: Pre-Raphaelite
Influences: Marc-Charles-Gabriel Gleyre, G. F. Watts
Traveled: France, Italy, England