Valentine Cameron Prinsep Biography | Oil Paintings
2-14-1838 Calcutta, IND - 11-11-1904 London, ENGBack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Valentine Cameron Prinsep first studied art with George Frederic Watts and in 1856–57 he went with Watts to watch Sir Charles Newton's excavation of the ancient city of Halicarnassus in Turkey. After studying under Watts he traveled to Paris to study with Charles Gleyre, whose students at the time included Whistler, Poynter, and du Maurier. From Paris, Prinsep traveled to Italy, with Burne-Jones, in Siena he made the acquaintance of Robert Browning, who he saw much of in Rome during his stay there in 1859.
Valentine Cameron Prinsep was a good friend of John Everett Millais, with whom he traveled with in Italy. The decoration of the hall of the Oxford Union was done by Prinsep and Rossetti. With other members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, he taught at the Working Men's College during the mid-nineteenth century.
Valentine Cameron Prinsep first exhibited his first picture at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1862 with his Bianca Capella, a portrait 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, and News from Abroad.
In 1877, he went to India and painted a colossal work 40 feet by 7 feet of the Delhi Durbar, The Imperial Assemblage held at Delhi, exhibited in 1880 at the Royal Academy, presented to Queen Victoria and afterward hung at Buckingham Palace.
Art Movement: Pre-Raphaelite.
Artists Influencing Valentine Cameron Prinsep: Charles Gleyre, G. F. Watts.
He Traveled To France, Italy, England.
Artist Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.