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Edward Poynter

Aug - 30 - 2013

Poynter caricatured by Spy for Vanity Fair, 1897

Sir Edward John Poynter, 1st Baronet, PRA (20 March 1836 – 28 July 1919) was an English painter, designer, and draughtsman who served as President of the Royal Academy.
He was born in Paris on March 20, 1836; but soon afterwards his parents returned to London, and most of his boyhood was spent in Westminster, the family living first near Poets’ Corner, and afterwards in Queen Anne’s Gate. Delicate health made his early education somewhat unsettled; he was for a short time at Westminster School and afterwards at Brighton College and Ipswich Grammar School, which, again for reasons of health, he left in 1852, spending that and subsequent winters in Madeira and Rome. As many of his pictures show, he had a good acquaintance with classical literature, and the intention was to send him to university; but the accident of these winters abroad and a very pronounced inclination for Art caused the plan to be changed, and it was decided he should be an artist.

Corner of the marketplace (Edward Poynter, 1887)

Corner of the marketplace (Edward Poynter, 1887)

Early in his career Poynter studied in Rome, where he met Frederic Leighton, his greatest single artistic influence. He then moved to Paris in 1855. On returning to London, he became involved on book illustration. In 1865 he produced his first really successful picture, Faithful Unto Death, a Roman sentry staying at his post in Pompeii as Vesuvius overwhelmed the city. This dramatic painting was probably never bettered by Poynter throughout his whole long career. Poynter became an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1869, at an unusually early age. Much of the rest of his life was devoted to the Academy, he was hardworking, conscientious, and a competent administrator.
Sir Edward John Poynter, first baronet, President of the Royal Academy from 1896 to 1918, and Director of the National Gallery from 1894 to 1905, was the son of Ambrose Poynter, an architect, well-known in his day as the designer, among many other buildings, of St Katherine’s Hospital, Regents Park. On his mother’s side he was the grandson of Thomas Banks, RA., a sculptor of eminence, whose funeral oration was pronounced by Flaxman. The young Poynter was of artistic descent on both sides, and though neither of his ancestors was a painter, his love for architectural backgrounds and for a sculpturesque treatment of form may perhaps be traced to those inherited influences.
In 1866 Edward Poynter married Agnes, daughter of the Rev G B MacDonald, of Wolverhampton, one of three sisters. One of these is Lady Burne-Jones, while the third became the mother of Mr Rudyard Kipling. Mr and Mrs Poynter had two sons, of whom the elder, who succeeds to the title is Mr Ambrose Poynter, the well-known architect, inheriting from his grandfather both his name and profession. Lady Poynter, who in early life was famous for her beauty, died in 1906.
It appears from the subjects of his paintings (King Solomon and King Solomon’s Temple) and his association with Kipling that he was a Freemason[citation needed]. Prints of his painting The Visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon are to be found in many Masonic Lodges around the world.
Sir Edward Poynter’s Obituary in The Times, Monday 28th July, 1919.

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