|Sir Edward John Poynter
|Image 200 x 310 mm
Printed on very fine Japanese Tissue
Sir Edward John Poynter (1836–1919) was an English painter, draughtsman, decorative designer, and museum official. He entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1855, but his admiration for French painting led him to Charles Gleyre's studio in Paris the following year. In 1861, Poynter exhibited for the first time at the Royal Academy, and in the following years, he produced number of small images of Egyptian and Classical subjects. Continuing his work in watercolour, Poynter also frequently exhibited at the Dudley Gallery, London. During the late 1860s, Poynter undertook several decorative commissions, including that of the lecture theatre apse at the South Kensington Museum, now the Victoria and Albert Museum. In 1871, Poynter became the first Slade Professor at University College, London. Although during the 1880s and 1890s Poynter continued to produce large classical images, the majority of the works that he exhibited were small-scale classical pictures. As he career progressed, Poynter became far more involved in public office, acting as the last practising director of the National Gallery between 1894 and 1904.
Condition: Two vertical creases to right hand side of image.