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Edward Henry Corbould RI (1815-1905)

Edward Henry Corbould, RI (1815-1905)

Edward Henry Corbould was born at 6 Great Coram Street, in London on 5 December 1815, and educated at the Palace School, Enfield, under Dr May. He first studied under his father, the illustrator Henry Corbould, and later at Henry Sass's School and the Royal Academy Schools. His earliest designs were awarded gold Isis medals from the Society of Arts, in 1834 and 1835, and shown at the Royal Academy in the latter year. He continued to exhibit at the RA until 1874, at the Royal Society of British Artists (1835-42), and especially at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water-Colours (being elected to its membership in 1837). Highly successful as a watercolourist of literary and Biblical subjects, many of his best works were bought by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, from 1842, with the result that he was appointed Instructor of Drawing and Painting to the Royal Family (1851-72).

In the late 1830s, Corbould also established himself as an illustrator with an edition of Thomas Moore's
Lalla Rookh (1839). This was followed by contributions to the Art Union's editions of Milton's L'Allegro and Il Pensoroso (1848) and Goldsmith's The Traveller (1851), and to many further volumes of poetry. He also contributed to a number of periodicals, including the Illustrated London News (1856, 1866), London Society (1863), The Churchman's Family Magazine (1863), and Cassell's Magazine (1870). Most of his illustrations were produced in monochrome wash with fine ink detail. Corbould died in Kensington, London, on 9 January 1905.

His work is represented in the collections of the British Museum, Sir John Soane's Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Ashmolean Museum, Bristol Art Gallery, the Lilly Library (Indiana University), and the National Gallery of New South Wales.

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