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Monday, March 25, 2013

John Callcott Horsley (British Painter, 1817-1903)


John Callcott Horsley, was an English Academic painter of genre and historical scenes, illustrator, and designer of the first Christmas card. He was a member of the artist's colony in Cranbrook.Horsley was born in London, the son of William Horsley, the musician, and grand-nephew of Sir Augustus Callcott. His sister Mary Elizabeth Horsley wed the famous British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1836. Horsley was mentored by William Mulready and Augustus Wall Callcot who sent him at age thirteen to study at Dr Henry Sass's academy where he met met D.G Rossetti, J. Millais and W.P. Frith; in his biography Horsley recalls Dr Sass as being vain and untalented. Following preparatory school Horsley studied painting at the Royal Academy schools where he met Thomas Webster. Horsley was rector and treasurer of the Royal Academy from 1875 to 1890 and 1882 to 1897 respectively. He earned the nick name 'Clothes-Horsley' for his opposition to the use of nude life models. When, during the 1880s, the example of the French Salon began to affect the Academy exhibitors, and paintings of the nude became the fashion, he protested against the innovation, and his attitude caused Punch to give him the sobriquet of "Mr J. C(lothes) Horsley" (a pun on clothes horse). He resigned from the academy in 1897, and became a "retired Academician".
The young archers
Lilian
Portret Celia Brunel
St Valentine’s Morning

Pay for Peeping
A Hunting Morning Nevsepic
The Pet of the Common
The World Forgetting by the World
Under the mistletoe
The Banker's Private Room
Mary Queen of Scots in Captivity
A Secret Message
Going to a Party
Critics on Costume Fashions Change
The poet's theme
Finishing touches
The Rival Performers
For a book
The waiting maid
Lady regarding herself in a pier mirror
Wedding rings
The Pride of the Village
Youth and Age
Madame se Chauffe

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