Famous 19th Century British Artists & Painters

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 1 William Blake

William Blake.
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Famous As: Painter, Poet
Birthdate: November 28, 1757
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: August 12, 1827
William Blake, author of The Songs of Innocence and of Experience, was a prominent figure of the early phase of the Romantic Age, known as the pre-Romantic era. Known for his visual artistry and poetry, he was also a staunch abolitionist and a forerunner of the "free love" movement.

 2 Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 12, 1828
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Died: April 9, 1882

Known for founding the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Dante Gabriel Rossetti was a legendary poet and painter of the 19th century. His illustrations also adorned the books of his poet sister Christina Rossetti. Known for volumes such as The House of Life, he also influenced the Aesthetic movement.

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 3 John Ruskin

John Ruskin.
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Famous As: Art Critic and Painter
Birthdate: February 8, 1819
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: England
Died: January 20, 1900

The leading English art critic of the Victorian era, John Ruskin was a hugely influential figure in the latter half of the 19th century. Also a philosopher and prominent social thinker, he wrote on varied subjects like geology, architecture, education, botany, myth, ornithology, literature, and political economy. He founded the charitable trust Guild of St George.

 4 Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: June 7, 1868
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Townhead, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Died: December 10, 1928

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a Scottish architect, designer, and artist. He was married to fellow artist Margaret Macdonald, and they both were influential on the European design movements Art Nouveau and Secessionism. Mackintosh is considered one of the most important figures of Modern Style (British Art Nouveau style). In his later years, he worked largely as a watercolorist. 

 5 John Everett Millais

John Everett Millais.
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: June 8, 1829
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Southampton, Hampshire, England
Died: August 13, 1896

 6 Alice Liddell

Alice Liddell
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: May 4, 1852
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England, UK
Died: November 16, 1934

 7 Aubrey Beardsley

Aubrey Beardsley.
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Famous As: Illustrator
Birthdate: August 21, 1872
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brighton, England
Died: March 16, 1898

Aubrey Beardsley was an English illustrator and author, whose works emphasized the grotesque, the decadent, and the erotic. A leading figure in the aesthetic movement, he was deeply influenced by black ink drawings. He attended classes at the Westminster School of Art before beginning his career as an artist. He was considered an eccentric person.  

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 8 John William Waterhouse

John William Waterhouse.
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 6, 1849
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: February 10, 1917

 9 Thomas Cole

Thomas Cole.
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: February 1, 1801
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bolton, Lancashire, England
Died: February 11, 1848

 10 John Tenniel

John Tenniel
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Famous As: Illustrator
Birthdate: February 28, 1820
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bayswater, London, England
Died: February 25, 1914

 11 Branwell Brontë

Branwell Brontë
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Famous As: Painter, Poet, Writer
Birthdate: June 26, 1817
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Yorkshire
Died: September 24, 1848

 12 Vanessa Bell

Vanessa Bell
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: May 30, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London
Died: April 7, 1961

 13 Gertrude Jekyll

Gertrude Jekyll
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Famous As: Horticulturist, Painter, Gardener, Non-fiction writer, Botanist, Architect
Birthdate: November 29, 1843
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London
Died: December 8, 1932

 14 Edward Burne-Jones

Edward Burne-Jones.
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 28, 1833
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Birmingham
Died: June 17, 1898

 15 Duncan Grant

Duncan Grant
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 21, 1885
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rothiemurchus, Aviemore, Scotland
Died: May 8, 1978

 16 Augustus Pugin

Augustus Pugin
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: March 1, 1812
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bloomsbury, London, England
Died: September 14, 1852

 17 Arthur Rackham

Arthur Rackham
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Famous As: Painter, Illustrator
Birthdate: September 19, 1867
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lewisham
Died: September 6, 1939

 18 Oskar Kokoschka

Oskar Kokoschka
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Famous As: Painter, Playwright, Writer, Poet, University teacher
Birthdate: March 1, 1886
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pöchlarn
Died: February 22, 1980

Austrian artist, playwright, poet and teacher Oskar Kokoschka CBE is counted among the prominent exponents of Expressionism whose works influenced the Viennese Expressionist movement. Notable works of Kokoschka include paintings like The Bride of the Wind and Portrait of Lotte Franzos and writings like the short play Murderer, the Hope of Women and the play Orpheus und Eurydike.   

 19 W. S. Gilbert

W. S. Gilbert
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Famous As: Dramatist
Birthdate: November 18, 1836
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Southampton Street, London, England
Died: May 29, 1911

 20 William Holman Hunt

William Holman Hunt
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Famous As: Painter, Artist
Birthdate: April 2, 1827
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cheapside
Died: September 7, 1910

 21 Arthur Ransome

Arthur Ransome
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: January 18, 1884
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leeds, England
Died: June 3, 1967

 22 Ernest Thompson Seton

Ernest Thompson Seton
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 14, 1860
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: South Shields, United Kingdom
Died: October 23, 1946

 23 Dora Carrington

Dora Carrington
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: March 29, 1893
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hereford
Died: March 11, 1932

 24 Wyndham Lewis

Wyndham Lewis
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Famous As: Painter, Writer, Journalist, Editor, Novelist
Birthdate: November 18, 1882
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Amherst
Died: March 7, 1957

 25 Paul Nash

Paul Nash
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Famous As: painter, illustrator, printmaker
Birthdate: May 11, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kensington
Died: July 11, 1946

 26 Augustus John

Augustus John
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Famous As: Painter, Etcher
Birthdate: January 4, 1878
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tenby
Died: October 31, 1961

 27 Frederic Leighton, 1st Baron Leighton

Frederic Leighton, 1st Baron Leighton
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Birthdate: December 3, 1830
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Died: January 25, 1896

 28 Stanley Spencer

Stanley Spencer
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: June 30, 1891
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cookham, England
Died: December 14, 1959

 29 Alfred Munnings

Alfred Munnings
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Famous As: painter
Birthdate: October 8, 1878
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mendham, Suffolk
Died: July 17, 1959

 30 Kate Perugini

Kate Perugini
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 29, 1839
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London
Died: May 9, 1929

 31 Edmund Leighton

Edmund Leighton
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 21, 1852
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London
Died: September 1, 1922

 32 Louis Wain

Louis Wain
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Famous As: Artist, Painter
Birthdate: August 5, 1860
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London
Died: July 4, 1939

 33 Jacob Epstein

Jacob Epstein
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: November 10, 1880
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: August 19, 1959

Jacob Epstein was an American-British sculptor who produced revolutionary works that challenged the already established ideas that dictated the kind of artworks shown to the public. Epstein helped pioneer modern sculpture. In addition to being a sculptor, Epstein was also a painter and artist; he exhibited many of his paintings and drawings. His works have influenced artists like Barbara Hepworth.

 34 Philip de László

Philip de László
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 30, 1869
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: November 22, 1937

 35 Elizabeth Thompson

Elizabeth Thompson
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 3, 1846
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lausanne
Died: October 2, 1933

 36 John Atkinson Grimshaw

John Atkinson Grimshaw
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 6, 1836
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Leeds
Died: October 13, 1893

 37 George Frederic Watts

George Frederic Watts
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: February 23, 1817
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Marylebone, Middlesex, England
Died: July 1, 1904

George Frederic Watts was a British painter best remembered for his association with the Symbolist movement. Watts achieved fame for his allegorical works like Love and Life and Hope. In addition to being a painter, George Frederic Watts was also a sculptor. He is credited with sculpting the famous Physical Energy statue at Rhodes Memorial in South Africa.

 38 Elizabeth Siddal

Elizabeth Siddal
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Famous As: Painter, Poet, Art model, Visual artist, Model
Birthdate: July 25, 1829
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Holborn
Died: February 11, 1862

 39 Laura Knight

Laura Knight
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Famous As: Painter, Autobiographer
Birthdate: August 4, 1877
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Long Eaton
Died: July 7, 1970

 40 George Cruikshank

George Cruikshank
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Famous As: Caricaturist
Birthdate: September 27, 1792
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
Died: February 1, 1878

 41 John William Godward

John William Godward
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 9, 1861
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wimbledon
Died: December 13, 1922

 42 Ford Madox Brown

Ford Madox Brown
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 16, 1821
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Calais
Died: October 6, 1893

 43 Thomas Lawrence

Thomas Lawrence
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 13, 1769
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bristol, England
Died: January 7, 1830

 44 Henry Scott Tuke

Henry Scott Tuke
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: June 12, 1858
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: York
Died: March 13, 1929

 45 Benjamin Haydon

Benjamin Haydon
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 26, 1786
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Plymouth, England
Died: June 22, 1846

 46 Alfred Sisley

Alfred Sisley.
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Famous As: Impressionist Landscape Painter
Birthdate: October 30, 1839
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris
Died: January 29, 1899

 47 Ben Nicholson

Ben Nicholson
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Famous As: painter, sculptor
Birthdate: April 10, 1894
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Buckinghamshire
Died: February 6, 1982

 48 E. H. Shepard

E. H. Shepard
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Famous As: Artist, Illustrator, Painter
Birthdate: December 10, 1879
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London
Died: March 24, 1976

 49 Richard Dadd

Richard Dadd
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Famous As: Painter, Illustrator
Birthdate: August 1, 1817
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chatham
Died: January 7, 1886

 50 Samuel Palmer

Samuel Palmer
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Famous As: Painter, Poet
Birthdate: January 27, 1805
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London
Died: May 24, 1881