William Edward Frank Britten


(1848 or 1857 – 1916)

Style: Illustration

Background: William Edward Frank Britten, or W. E. F. Britten was born in 1848 or 1857. Britten was a British painter and illustrator. It is known that he worked in London, England starting in 1873 and that he stayed in the city until at least 1890. Britten’s work ranged in style from to traditional Victorian to Pre-Raphaelite, and his artistic medium ranged from paintings to book illustrations. His paintings have mostly been praised by critics with his illustrations having been treated as either neutral or favorable by reviewers.

Education: Of his life, it can only be certain that his began to flourish as a painter after 1873, when he began to hold exhibitions for his works at the Royal Society of British Artists. He spent his time working in London and worked as an illustrator and a contributor to magazines. It is known that he was working in the Pimlico area in 1890. He died in 1916.

Achievements :Britten followed in the neoclassical tradition of Frederick Leighton and Albert Moore. In terms of actual productions, he ranged from working as a decorative artist to paintings. In style, his designs varied from those that followed the tradition of Victorian classicism to those that were influenced by Pre-Raphaelite paintings. His works are located at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Famous Works:

William Edward Frank Britten - Mariana

William Edward Frank Britten – Mariana

William Edward Frank Britten - Sleeping Beauty

William Edward Frank Britten – Sleeping Beauty

William Edward Frank Britten - The Deserted House

William Edward Frank Britten – The Deserted House

William Edward Frank Britten - The Lady of Shalott

William Edward Frank Britten – The Lady of Shalott

William Edward Frank Britten - The Lotos Eaters

William Edward Frank Britten – The Lotos Eaters