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Pallas Athena and the Herdsman's Dogs

Briton Riviere

Requiescat

Briton Riviere

Compulsory Education

Briton Riviere

War Time

Briton Riviere

The sheepstealer

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A Blockade Runner

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A pride of lions at dusk

Briton Riviere

A Reserved Seat

Briton Riviere

A Roman Holiday

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A Stern Chase is a Long Chase,

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Adonis Wounded

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Briton Riviere

Alfred Fowell Buxton (1854–1952), Chairman of London County Council

Briton Riviere

All that was left of the homeward bound

Briton Riviere

An Anxious Moment

Briton Riviere

An Exile of the '45

Briton Riviere

An Old World Wanderer

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Androcles and the Lion

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Aphrodite

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Apollo Playing the Lute

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Assyrian Lion Hunt

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Beyond Man's Footsteps

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Tiger hunt

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Cave Canem!

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Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came

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Circe and her swine

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Collie in a landscape

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Collies

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Companions in Misfortune

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Cross-purposes

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Cupboard Love

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Daniel in the Lions' Den

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Daniel's Answer to the King

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Devotion

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Dog Chasing a Rat

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Elaine Floats Down to Camelot

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Endymion

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Fidelity

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Garden Of Eden

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Giants at Play 1882

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Girl reading beside a Dog

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Greyhound - The Open Door

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Hawking

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His Only Friend

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Hope Deferred

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Imprisoned (Restrike Etching)

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Jilted

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Lady Harriet Sarah Wantage (1837–1920)

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Lady Roundway of Devizes, Wiltshire

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Lions

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Lions

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Lion Studies

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'Lost or Strayed

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Mother Hubbard

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Old Playfellows,

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On the Bank of an African River

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Persepolis

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Phoebus Apollo.

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Playmates a Pug and Manchester Terrier

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Poachers

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Portrait of a Lady

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Portrait of a shitzu

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Pride of Place

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Prometheus

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The Long Sleep

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'So full of shapes is fancy'

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Spilt Milk

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St. George and the Dragon

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Stealing the Prize

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Stolen Kisses

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Studies of a Jack Russell Terrier

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Study for Darwin’s Expression of the Emotions of Man and Animals,

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Study for the dog in 'Requiescat'

Briton Riviere

Study of a Dog

Briton Riviere

Study of greyhounds

Briton Riviere

Sympathy

Briton Riviere

Temple Leopards

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The Day after the Storm

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The dog, whom late had granted to behold his lord, when twenty tedious years had rolled takes a last look and having seen him dies

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The Huntsman

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The King And His Satellites

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The King's libation

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The Last of the Crew

Briton Riviere

The Last Spoonful

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The Miracle of the Gaderene Swine

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The most devoted of her slaves

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The mouse ran up the clock

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The Night Watch

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The Temptation in the Wilderness

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The King Drinks

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Tick-Tack

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Una and the Lion

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Vying for Attention

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Wounded Lioness

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Briton Rivière RA (London 14 August 1840 – 20 April 1920 London) was a British artist of Huguenot descent. He exhibited a variety of paintings at the Royal Academy, but devoted much of his life to animal paintings.

Biography

His father, William Rivière (1806–1876), was for some years drawing-master at Cheltenham College, and then an art teacher at the University of Oxford. He was educated at Cheltenham College and Oxford, where he took his degree in 1867. For his art training he was indebted almost entirely to his father.[2] His paternal uncle Henry Parsons Rivière (1811–1888) was also a noted watercolourist, exhibiting works at the Royal Watercolour Society, London and the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.

His first pictures appeared at the British Institution, and in 1857 he exhibited three works at the Royal Academy, but it was not until 1863 that he became a regular contributor to the Academy exhibitions. In that year he was represented by The eve of the Spanish Armada, and in 1864 by a Romeo and Juliet. However, subjects of this kind did not attract him long, for in 1865 he began, with Sleeping Deerhound, a series of paintings of animal-subjects which occupied much of the rest of his life.[2] In a lengthy interview in Chums Boys Annual, entitled "How I paint animals", Rivière explained some of the practicalities of painting both tame and wild animals:

"I have always been a great lover of dogs but I have worked at them so much that I've grown tired of having them about me. However, you can never paint a dog unless you are fond of it. I never work from a dog without the assistance of a man who is well acquainted with animals..... Collies, I think, are the most restless dogs....greyhounds are also very restless, and so are fox terriers..... The only way to paint wild animals is to gradually accumulate a large number of studies and a great knowledge of the animal itself, before you can paint its picture...... I paint from dead animals as well as from live ones. I have had the body of a fine lioness in my studio..... I have done a great deal of work in the dissecting rooms at the Zoological Gardens from time to time."[3]

Early in his career, Rivière made some mark as an illustrator, beginning with Punch magazine. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1878, and R.A. in 1881, and received the degree of Doctor of Civil Law at Oxford in 1891.[2] He was narrowly defeated in the election for President of the Royal Academy in 1896. His wife, Mary Alice Rivière (née Dobell; 1844–1931) who he married in 1867, was a painter and exhibited briefly at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1869–70. After his death she presented the British Museum with four of his drawings (and an etching The king drinks), which complements the dozens of prints made after his work housed there, especially by Frederick Stacpoole and William Henry Simmons. The artist and his wife had seven children; five sons and two daughters. One of the sons, Hugh Goldwin Rivière (1869–1956), became a portraitist.


Works

Paintings by Rivière are held by [4] public institutions including the Tate,[5] Metropolitan Museum of Art and Royal Holloway, University of London.[6]

Argus (1873)[7]
'There's many a slip twixt the cup and the lip' (1881)[8]

Bibliography

Armstrong, Sir Walter (1891). Briton Rivière, R.A; His Life and Work, The Art Annual.

References

Ann Lauren: Biography of Rivière
Public Domain One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Riviere, Briton". Encyclopædia Britannica 23 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 387. This cites Sir Walter Armstrong, "Briton Riviere, R.A.: His Life and Work", Art Annual (1891).
'How I paint animals', Chums Boys Annual, No. 256, Vol. V, 4 August 1897
"Pallas Athena and the Herdsman's Dogs". The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
"Briton Riviere". Tate. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
Chapel, Jeannie (1982). Victorian Taste, The complete catalogue of paintings at Royal Holloway College. Surrey: Royal Holloway College. pp. 126–27. ISBN 0 902194 08 9.
Samuel Armitage, his sale, Christie's, London, 13 June 1919, lot 155.
Frederick Smallfield, his sale, Christie's, London, 27 March 1896, lot 141.

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