Briton Riviere

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Briton Riviere

8 artworks

English painter, sculptor, printmaker and etcher

Born 1840 - Died 1920

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Endymion

1880

Oil on canvas

102.9 x 142.2 cms | 40 1/2 x 56 ins

Private collection, ,

All that was left of the homeward bound

1873

Watercolour heightened with bo

49.5 x 70 cms | 19 1/4 x 27 1/2 ins

Private collection, ,

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Requiescat

1888

Oil on canvas

Private collection, ,

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A Roman Holiday

1881

Oil on canvas

99.5 x 178.2 cms | 39 x 70 ins

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

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War Time

1874

Oil On Canvas

126 x 110 cms | 49 1/2 x 43 1/4 ins

Private collection, ,

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The Long Sleep

1868

Oil on canvas

71 x 91.5 cms | 27 3/4 x 36 ins

Private collection, ,

The King Drinks

Oil on canvas

61 x 91.5 cms | 24 x 36 ins

Private collection, ,

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Riviere was an animal painter, and was widely regarded as the successor of Landseer [1802-1873]. He was also one of the few painters with an Oxford University Degree. He was the son of a well known artist. Riviere lived near to London Zoo, where he spent much time studying the physiology of animals. He painted glorified, romanticised pictures of wild animals. Another speciality was sentimental, rather humanised paintings of dogs, which found a considerable market. Rather surprisingly he only was narrowly beaten to the Presidency of the Royal Academy by Edward Poynter [1836-1919] in 1896.

Briton Riviere’s son Hugh [1869-1956] was a successful painter of portraits.

References:
Obituary of Briton Riviere, by Paul Ripley.
Victorian Art in Britain.