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Sir Hubert von Herkomer RA, Portrait of Briton Rivière, R.A.

Portrait of Briton Rivière, R.A., 1887

Sir Hubert von Herkomer RA (1849 - 1914)

RA Collection: Art

Herkomer’s early work was as an illustrator for publications such as The Graphic. He also painted subject pictures, often depicting realistic scenes of poverty and hardship, which proved very popular. In the 1880s he began painting portraits and built up an extremely successful practice painting commissions from Britain, Germany and America.

Briton Riviere RA (1840–1920) was primarily an animal painter. Although, unlike Edwin Landseer, he did not usually give his animals quasi-human characteristics, many of his pictures show great sympathy between man and beast were immensely popular. In this portrait Herkomer uses a subtle tonal range and a plain background to focus on obtaining the essential character of his sitter.

Object details

Title
Portrait of Briton Rivière, R.A.
Artist/designer
Date
1887
Object type
Painting
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions

1226 mm x 990 mm

Collection
Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
03/838
Acquisition

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