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George Goodwin Kilburne RBA RI ROI (1839-1924)

George Goodwin Kilburne, RBA RI ROI (1839-1924)

George Goodwin Kilburne worked in both oil and watercolour to produce highly detailed scenes of historical and contemporary genre. These became particularly popular through the dissemination of engraved reproductions.

George Goodwin Kilburne was born at Hackford, near Reepham in Norfolk, on 24 July 1839. He was the eldest child of Goodwin Kilburne of Hawkhurst, Kent, who acted as the Principal of Tudor Hall Academy. At the age of 15, he moved to London to receive an apprenticeship in wood engraving from the Dalziel brothers and, in 1862, married Janet, the daughter of the painter, Robert Dalziel.

In the early 1860s, Kilburne turned to painting and, from 1863, exhibited at various societies, including the Royal Academy. He was elected to the New Society of Painters in Water Colours in 1866 (renamed the Royal Institute in 1883), the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 1883, the Royal Miniature Society in 1898, and the Royal Society of British Artists.

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