GEORGE GOODWIN KILBURNE (1839 - 1924)
In the Nursery
GEORGE GOODWIN KILBURNE(1839-1924)Â In the NurseryÂ Signed with initials; inscribed and dated May ’97 beneath the mountGrisaille watercolour over traces of pencilUnframed, in conservation mount.Â 9.5 by 11 cm., 3 by 4 in.(mount size 23 by 28 cm., 9 by 11 in.)Â Kilburne was born in Hackford, near Reepham, Norfolk and was educated at Hawkhurst, Kent.Â Â At the age of 15 he went to London to serve a five-year apprenticeship as a wood engraver with the Dalziel brothers.Â Â He remained with the firm for a further year before leaving to take up watercolour and oil painting professionally, quickly becoming a highly successful and busy artist.Â Â His paintings often portrayed fashionably dressed figure groups, sometimes in Regency costume.Â Â The themes included musical gatherings, social events and sporting occasions.Â Â He also designed and executed a great number of greetings and Christmas cards for the firms of Raphael Tuck & Sons and de la Rue.Â Â He contributed a large number of black and white pictures to The Graphic, The Illustrated London News and Cassell’s Magazine.Â For much of his working life Kilburne lived in fashionable Hampstead, north London.Â Â He exhibited at the Royal Academy, Grosvenor Gallery and elsewhere and was a member of the Royal Society of Painters in Water Colours, Royal Miniature Society, Royal Institute of Oil Painters.Â Â Works by him are in the collections of the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, Manchester City Art Gallery and Sheffield Art Gallery.Â Â His eldest son, George Goodwin Kilburne Jnr also became a very successful artist.