Briton Riviere

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Briton Riviere

62 artworks

English painter, sculptor, printmaker and etcher

Born 1840 - Died 1920

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Old Woman Lighting Tinder

Oil on board

34.6 x 30.2 cms | 13 1/2 x 11 3/4 ins

Lewes Castle, Lewes , United Kingdom

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Portrait of a Lady

Pushkin Museum, Moskva, Russian Federation

The Welcome

Oil on canvas

120 x 82 cms | 47 x 32 1/4 ins

Two Boys with a Birdcage

Oil on canvas

30.9 x 23 cms | 12 x 9 ins

Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Norwich, United Kingdom

Thomas Jenkins

1856

Oil on board

39.5 x 29 cms | 15 1/2 x 11 1/4 ins

The Wilson, Cheltenham, United Kingdom

A Saint, from the 'Jackdaw of Rheims'

1868

Oil on canvas

51.2 x 32.3 cms | 20 x 12 1/2 ins

McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock, United Kingdom

The Last of the Garrison

1875

Oil on canvas

105 x 152.8 cms | 41 1/4 x 60 ins

Manchester City Art Galleries, Manchester, United Kingdom

Watching Dog

1875

Oil on canvas

21 x 30.4 cms | 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 ins

Sudley House, Mossley Hill, Liverpool, United Kingdom

A Stern Chase if a Long Chase

1876

Oil on canvas

94 x 182.9 cms | 37 x 72 ins

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Pallas Athena and the Herdsman’s Dogs

1876

Oil on canvas

112.1 x 178.1 cms | 44 x 70 ins

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan, United States

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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.