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Henry Benjamin Roberts RBA RI LA (1831-1915)

Henry Benjamin Roberts, RBA RI LA (1831-1915)

One of the finest followers of William Henry Hunt, Henry Benjamin Roberts became best known for his scenes of rustic comedy in both oil and watercolour.

Henry Benjamin Roberts was born in London Road, Liverpool, on 5 February 1831, the son of Benjamin Roberts, a house decorator who also exhibited genre and still life paintings. Beginning his career in his father’s business, Henry painted in his spare time and then entered Liverpool Academy Schools as a probationer in 1850. It is believed that he also studied under William Fettes Douglas in Edinburgh in 1855. Like his father, he exhibited at the Liverpool Academy, in the years 1852-65, and was elected an associate in 1855 and a member in 1859. He married Ann Barton of Liverpool in 1860.

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Domestic Life

Humour & Satire