Arthur Alfred Burrington (1856-1924)

Arthur Alfred Burrington ROI, RI (1856-1924). Burrington was born in Bridgwater, Somerset. Painter of landscapes, genre and flowers.The artist studied at South Kensington and at the Slade. He worked in Rome with Cipriani (1878) and in Paris with Lefebvre, Cormon, Boulanger and Bonnat. He lived for a period (unspecified as yet) in the West Country, and later in the South of France. He was a friend of Stanhope FORBES, from Quimperle, and Forbes encouraged he and his friend Tom Trythall ROWE to visit Newlyn soon after his own decision to stay in 1884. In September 1884 The Cornishman reported that there were 27 artists working in Newlyn, although Burrington did not turn up until 1885 and remained for a short time only in the West country. He died on 9 October 1924 in Garda, near Verona, Italy.  Bednar has secured the Italian certificate verifying his death, and noted his earliest known date of a visit to West Cornwall from Forbes' letters of 1888. Burrington exhibited his works in England, France, Tasmania and America. Between 1888 and 1918 he exhibited 19 works at the Royal Academy London including in 1905 an oil which he considered his best work, 'The Fête of The Patron Saint in Castellar'. His other exhibitions included the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, London (162), Royal Institute of Painters in Oils, London (22) and a one-man exhibition of watercolours, 'In Gardens Fair and Meadows Sweet' in 1905 at the Leicester Galleries in London. This exhibition of 73 paintings included many of Menton and the surrounding districts as did his 1899 exhibition at the Fine Art Society in London, entitled 'A Season On The Riviera', again solely devoted to his pictures. He evidently fell in love with Menton and discovered its delights for an artist early in his professional life. Other exhibitions included the Walker Art Gallery Liverpool (19), Manchester City Art Galleries (10) Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (6) and the Royal West of England Academy Bristol (32). Other works were shown at the Paris Salon (1882 and 1898), the Franco-British Exhibition London in 1908, the St Louis International in 1905 and the Hobart International in Tasmania in 1896 as well as The New Gallery London.