Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue
Sir Edward John Poynter, 1st Bt (1836-1919), Painter and President of the Royal Academy
Professionally, Poynter was esteemed for his ‘cool and enlightened judgment’ and ‘the moral courage necessary for the expression of plain truths’.  Temperamentally morose, however, he was also described as ‘dignified and rather unapproachable’ with ‘an unaccountably melancholy and aloof expression’.  As his brother-in-law Edward Burne-Jones remarked, ‘Edward Poynter, whom some perhaps might not call a pleasant man … when he talks to himself always says Yes most amiably, and that’s about the only time he does say it. Why should this be so?’ 
Dr Jan Marsh
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