Valentine Cameron Prinsep

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Valentine Cameron Prinsep

10 artworks

English artist

Born 1838 - Died 1904

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The Lady of the Tooti-Nameh

The Legend of the Parrot

Oil on canvas

91.4 x 116.5 cms | 35 3/4 x 45 3/4 ins

Private collection, ,

The Mandolin Player

Oil on canvas

97.8 x 55.9 cms | 38 1/2 x 22 ins

Private collection, ,

Fresh Flowers From The Country

Oil on Canvas

66 x 51 cms | 25 3/4 x 20 ins

Private collection, ,

HD

Head Of An Italian Girl

Oil on canvas

45.7 x 37.4 cms | 17 3/4 x 14 1/2 ins

Public collection, ,

HD

Home From Gleaning

Oil on canvas

122 x 161 cms | 48 x 63 1/4 ins

Private collection, ,

HD

Il Barbagianni

Oil on canvas

77.5 x 54 cms | 30 1/2 x 21 1/4 ins

Private collection, ,

HD

My Lady Betty

Oil on canvas

81.3 x 58.1 cms | 32 x 22 3/4 ins

Private collection, ,

La Revolution

1896

Oil on canvas

160 x 110.5 cms | 62 3/4 x 43 1/2 ins

Private collection, ,

HD

A Girl Carrying Grapes

1862

Oil On Canvas

73 x 107 cms | 28 1/2 x 42 ins

Private collection, ,

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Valentine Cameron Prinsep
by Paul Ripley

Val Prinsep was the son of an senior Indian Civil Servant, Thoby Prinsep, and his far more extrovert wife, Sara, one of the celebrated Pattle sisters, the most famous of whom was Julia Margaret Cameron 1815-1879, the great pioneering photographer. If any one individual could be described as a Pre-Raphaelite photographer it was she.

Prinsep was brought-up at Little Holland House in London, where his mother kept open house, and the most interesting artistic salon of the day. Habitues included Dickens, Tennyson, Bourne-Jones, Browning, Rossetti, and Carlyle. In the famous words of Sara Prinsep, G F Watts 'came to stay three days; he stayed thirty years.' Here under Watt's influence the young Val Prinsep decided to become a painter. Prinsep was a tall, powerfully built, imposing individual.

He became ARA in 1878, and a full RA in 1894. He was Professor of Painting at the RA from 1901 until his death. He married Florence Leyland, daughter of the industrial magnate and art collector Frederick Leyland, thus becoming extremely wealthy. Prinsep painted genre pictures and portraits. It is widely felt that Prinsep did not achieve his true potential- Watts felt that he just did not work hard enough. His paintings are held to be very uneven in quality. He was, though, an important figure in the Victorian art world.

Source: Victorian Art in Britain.