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Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Edward Armitage (1817-1896), History painter

History and biblical painter; born 20 May 1817, in London. Studied in Germany and Paris, under Paul Delaroche, whom he assisted with Hémicycle for the Palais des Beaux-Arts (1838–41); settled in London 1848, exhibiting ambitious works at RA and elsewhere; two frescoes in Houses of Parliament 1852–4; Crimean subjects 1856; Retribution, an allegory of the Indian insurrection for Leeds Town Hall 1858; church and institutional murals 1860s; settled in St John’s Wood 1850s; elected ARA 1867, RA 1872; an amateur entomologist and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society; died 24 May 1896, at Tunbridge Wells.

Dr Jan Marsh

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Anon. 1898
Anon., Pictures and Drawings Selected from the Work of Edward Armitage, London, 1898.

Asleson 2004a
Asleson, R., ‘Armitage, Edward (1817–1896)’, ODNB, Oxford, 2004; online ed., October 2008.

Atkinson 1870
Atkinson, J.B., ‘English Painters … Edward Armitage’, The Portfolio, no.1, London, 1870, pp.48–54.

Cooper 1876–83
Cooper, T., Men of Mark: A Gallery of Contemporary Portraits of Men Distinguished in the Senate, the Church, in Science, Literature and Art, the Army, Navy, Law, Medicine, etc. Photographed from life by Lock and Whitfield, London, 7 ser., 1876–83.

Dafforne 1863
Dafforne, J., ‘British Artists, their Style and Character: no. LXVI, Edward Armitage’, Art Journal, 1863, pp.177–80.

Furniss 1890b
Furniss, H., Royal Academy Antics, London, 1890.

Robinson [1892]
Robinson, R.W., Members and Associates of the Royal Academy of Arts, 1891. Photographed in their Studios by Ralph W. Robinson of Redhill, n.p., [1892].