Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue
Matthew Ridley Corbet (1850-1902), Painter
In Italy, Corbet joined the ‘Etruscan school’ of artists around Giovanni Costa; his knowledge of Italian landscape was described as ‘that of a poet-painter’.  His circle of friends included Alfred Gilbert and (Edward) Onslow Ford and his wife Edith was also a landscape painter.
Described as ‘a fitting example of the flower of English aristocracy … a man of the deepest refinement and sensibility; a true artist by nature and a very gallant gentleman’,Corbet was also ‘one of the best-humoured men imaginable, possessing an absolutely even temper which was tested sometimes by [Gilbert’s] practical jokes’. 
Dr Jan Marsh
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