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Owen, William Rachel, Lady Beaumont oil painting


Rachel, Lady Beaumont
Painting ID::  19731
Owen, William
Rachel, Lady Beaumont
1808 Oil on canvas National Gallery of Victoria, Australia.

   
   
     

Owen, William Mrs. Robinson oil painting


Mrs. Robinson
Painting ID::  19732
Owen, William
Mrs. Robinson
Oil on canvas Petworth House, West Sussex.

   
   
     

Owen, William William Fitzwilliam oil painting


William Fitzwilliam
Painting ID::  80104
Owen, William
William Fitzwilliam
displayed 1817 Medium Oil on canvas Dimensions 127 x 101.6 cm (50 x 40 in) cyf

   
   
     

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     Owen, William
     English, 1769-1825 English painter. The son of a bookseller, he was educated at the grammar school in Ludlow and was sent to London in 1786 to study under Charles Catton the elder (1728-98), coach painter to George III and founder-member of the Royal Academy. Owen's copy of a work by Reynolds, made soon after his arrival, attracted the latter's attention. He entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1791 and exhibited at the Royal Academy the following year. From then on he exhibited there every year, apart from 1823 and 1825, and was elected ARA in 1804 and RA in 1806. He painted a number of rural scenes but specialized in portrait painting. Although his reputation was eclipsed by that of Thomas Lawrence, he was sought after by many of the eminent figures of the day, producing portraits of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr William Howley (1813), and of the politician and essayist John Wilson Croker (exh. 1812; both London, N.P.G.); other of his sitters were William Pitt the younger and John Soane. In 1810 he was appointed portrait painter to the Prince of Wales (later George IV) and in 1813 principal portrait painter to the Prince when the latter became Prince Regent. The Prince Regent does not seem to have sat to him but nonetheless he offered Owen a knighthood, which the painter refused. From c. 1820 Owen's health deteriorated until a disease of the spine confined him to his room and finally rendered him incapable of painting. He died after accidentally taking a bottle of opium that had been wrongly labelled.

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