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(Myles) Birket Foster (1825-1899), Watercolour painter and illustrator

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sitter in 15 portraits
Birket Foster was an artist whose landscapes are typical of the Victorian age. He was one of the most successful British watercolourists of his generation. Initially an apprentice wood engraver, he soon transferred his skills to landscape draughtsmanship and worked for many important periodicals, including Punch and the Illustrated London News. His illustrations appeared in many novels and poetry books of the period, and he became the most sought after poetry illustrator of the day. Foster was elected as a member of the Royal Watercolour Society in 1862 and went on to show around 400 of his works at the Society's exhibitions. 1862 was also the year that saw publication of Foster's Pictures of English Landscape.

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Ax14967

(Myles) Birket Foster

by McLean & Haes
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG Ax14967

Ax17246

(Myles) Birket Foster

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, mid-late 1860s
NPG Ax17246

Ax28974

(Myles) Birket Foster

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, mid-late 1860s
NPG Ax28974

x128684

(Myles) Birket Foster

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, mid-late 1860s
NPG x128684

Ax7571

(Myles) Birket Foster

by McLean & Haes
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG Ax7571

x46563

(Myles) Birket Foster

by Cundall, Downes & Co, or by John Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, 1864 or before
NPG x46563

Ax131871

(Myles) Birket Foster

by Cundall, Downes & Co, or by John Watkins
albumen print on card mount, published 1864
NPG Ax131871

Ax18322

(Myles) Birket Foster

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, early 1870s
NPG Ax18322

x197106

(Myles) Birket Foster

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, early 1870s
NPG x197106

Ax17611

(Myles) Birket Foster

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
woodburytype, published 1880
NPG Ax17611

x134522

(Myles) Birket Foster

by Lock & Whitfield
woodburytype, 1880 or before
NPG x134522

Ax131870

(Myles) Birket Foster

by Elliott & Fry
albumen print on card mount, mid-late 1860s
NPG Ax131870

x134541

(Myles) Birket Foster

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
woodburytype, published 1880
NPG x134541

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