Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue
(Myles) Birket Foster (1825-1899), Watercolour painter and illustrator
Physically he was described as ‘tall and erect’ even when elderly, ‘while his open countenance and hearty welcome quite belie the somewhat stern appearance in which his portraits always clothe him’. According to the Dalziel brothers he was ‘a genuine man, kind and generous to a degree in all the ways of life’. Foster himself wrote, ‘Mine has been a very uneventful life, but one that my art has made very pleasant to me.’
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1) His father, also Myles Birket Foster (NPG D1985) was a Quaker businessman.
2) J. Reynolds 2004b.
3) J. Reynolds 2004b.
 Huish 1890, p.23.
5) Dalziel & Dalziel 1901, p.138.
6) J. Reynolds 2004b, as quoted from notes compiled in 1895 for the Royal Berlin Academy (Archiv der Preussischen Akademie der Künste).
Referencesback to topCooper 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.
Dalziel & Dalziel 1901
Dalziel, G., and E. Dalziel, The Brothers Dalziel: A record of fifty years’ work in conjunction with many of the most distinguished artists of the period 1840–1890, London, 1901.
Hacking, J., Princes of Victorian Bohemia: Photographs by David Wilkie Wynfield, exh. cat., NPG, London, 2000.
Huish, M.B., Birket Foster: His Life and Work [The Art Annual for 1890: Xmas number of the Art Journal], London, 1890.
McMaster, J., ‘That Mighty Art of Black-and-White: Linley Sambourne, Punch and the Royal Academy’, British Art Journal, Autumn 2008, pp.62–76.
McMaster, J., That Mighty Art of Black-and-White: Linley Sambourne, Punch and the Royal Academy, Edmonton, Canada, 2009.
Ormond, L., Linley Sambourne: Illustrator and Punch Cartoonist, London, 2010.
Reeve & Walford 1863–7
Reeve, L., and E. Walford, eds, Portraits of Men of Eminence in literature, science and art, with biographical memoirs. The photographs from life, by E. Edwards, 6 vols, London, 1863–7.
Reynolds, J., Birket Foster, London, 1984.
J. Reynolds 2004b
Reynolds, J., ‘Foster, (Myles) Birket (1825–1899)’, ODNB, Oxford, 2004; online ed., October 2007.