Portrait of a young woman, probably Miss Annie Callwell, drawing, framed and glazed, probably 1840s, by Sir Frederic William Burton.
Portrait of a young woman, probably Miss Annie Callwell, drawing, framed and glazed, probably 1840s, by Sir Frederic William Burton, signature bottom left, drawn through the medium of conte pencil on paper.
This portait drawing, probably of Miss Annie Callwell, by Frederic William Burton was purchased at auction for Clare Museum thanks to funding from the The Friends of the National Collection of Ireland.
Following its purchase, it underwent conservation for staining and other damage.
Sir Frederic William Burton was born in Wicklow on 8 April 1816 and died on 16 March 1900 in London.
At the age of about six, he was taken from Wicklow to Clare where he would grow up with his grandparetns at Clifden House, Corofin. His early life in the west of Ireland would influence some of his landscape works as a painter.
He was educated in Dublin and was elected to the Royal Hibernian Academy in his early 20s. He specialised in watercolours and soon established himself as a portrait painter. Some 60 of the 101 works he exhibited with the RHA over a 25 year period were portraits.
In 1842 he began to exhibit at the Royal Academy.
He moved to Germany in 1851 and worked there until 1858 when he moved to London. In 1874 he was appointed Director of the National Gallery and was responsibile for the development of the collection, acquiring many important works.
He received a Knighthood in 1884.
Collection: Sir Frederic William Burton
Category: Visual Representation