Briton Riviere

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Briton Riviere

63 artworks

painter, sculptor, printmaker and etcher

Born 1840 - Died 1920

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A Blockade Runner


Oil on canvas

59.7 x 43.8 cms | 23 1/2 x 17 ins

Tate Gallery, London, United Kingdom


A Cavatina

Oil on canvas

Cupboard Love


Oil on canvas

143 x 112 cms | 56 1/4 x 44 ins

The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall , United Kingdom

An Exile of the '45

Oil on canvas

88.9 x 88.9 cms | 35 x 35 ins

Dundee Art Gallery and Museum, Meadowside, United Kingdom

A Saint, from the 'Jackdaw of Rheims'


Oil on canvas

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

McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock, United Kingdom

Pride of Place


Oil on canvas

44.4 x 29.1 cms | 17 1/4 x 11 1/4 ins

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, United Kingdom

Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came


Oil on canvas

48.3 x 65.4 cms | 19 x 25 1/2 ins

Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Norwich, United Kingdom




Oil on canvas

77.5 x 58.4 cms | 30 1/2 x 22 3/4 ins

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 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.

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