Valentine Cameron Prinsep

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Valentine Cameron Prinsep

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Born 1838 - Died 1904

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The Queen was in the Parlour, Eating Bread and Honey

Oil on panel

59.6 x 33 cms | 23 1/4 x 12 3/4 ins

Manchester City Art Galleries, Manchester, United Kingdom

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The Mandolin Player

Oil on canvas

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

Private collection, ,

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A Venetian Water Carrier

1863

Oil on canvas

87.6 x 49.5 cms | 34 1/4 x 19 1/4 ins

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, United Kingdom

In a Street in Venice

c. 1904

Oil on canvas

152.4 x 94 cms | 60 x 37 ins

Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, Glasgow, United Kingdom

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La Revolution

1896

Oil on canvas

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

Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom

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A Girl Carrying Grapes

1862

Oil On Canvas

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

Private collection, ,

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My Lady Betty

Oil on canvas

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

Private collection, ,

At the Golden Gate

c. 1882

Oil on canvas

137.5 x 95.8 cms | 54 x 37 1/2 ins

Manchester City Art Galleries, Manchester, United Kingdom

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Carmen

1885

Oil on canvas

187.9 x 139.7 cms | 73 3/4 x 54 3/4 ins

Southwark Art Collection, London, United Kingdom

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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.

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