BARBER Charles Burton
THE LITTLE VIOLINIST
Oil on canvas: 91 x 67 cm / 35.8 x 26.4 ins
Signed and dated '1887' lower left
Painter of portraits, sporting and genre scenes and animals.
Charles Burton Barber Barber was born in Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, and studied from the age of 18 at the Royal Academy, London – receiving a silver medal for drawing in 1864 and first exhibiting there in 1866.
During his lifetime Barber was regarded as one of Britain’s finest animal painters and received commissions from Queen Victoria to do paintings of her with grandchildren and dogs, including ‘Queen Victoria’s Favourite Dogs with her Grandsons’ and also the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) and his pets. A number of his portraits are in the Royal Collection. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1866 to 1893. In 1883 he was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.Barber became a very popular sporting and animal painter, specialising particularly in sentimental portraits of dogs, often with children. His work ranged from photographically realistic to quick sketches. His work has always remained popular, largely because of his competent painting. Barber received his final commission in 1894 to paint Queen Victoria, with her grandchildren, in her pony-carriage. He died in London soon afterwards. His place as foremost painter of children and pets was taken by Arthur Elsley. Many of Barber’s paintings were made into prints, usually in the medium of photogravure. He exhibited at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Walker Art Gallery and the Manchester Art Gallery. Much of his art is at the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight.
Great Yarmouth (Norfolk) 1845 - London 1894
Liverpool (National Museum) - London (The Royal Collection) - Port Reading (Art Renewal Center Museum) - Port Sunlight (Lady Lever Art Gallery) - Walsall (New Art Gallery)
E. Bénézit, "Dictionary of Artists", Paris 2006, Vol. 1, p. 1113.
Ch. Wood, "The Dictionary of Victorian Painters", Woodbridge 1978, p. 34. H.Furniss, "The Works of Charles Burton Barber", London 1896.