Weber, Otto (DNB00)

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WEBER, OTTO (1832–1888), painter, son of Wilhelm Weber, a merchant of Berlin, was born in that city on 17 Oct. 1832. He studied under Professor Steffeck, and was also much influenced by Eugen Krüger. He became a very skilful painter of landscapes and animals, working both in oil and watercolours, and his pictures were much admired in Paris, where he resided for some years and was awarded medals at the Salon in 1864 and 1869. On the outbreak of the Franco-German war in 1870, Weber left France, and, after a stay of two years in Rome, came to London, where he settled. He was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy from 1874 until his death. In 1876 he was elected an associate of the 'Old Watercolour' Society, and he also became a member of the Institute of Painters in Oil Colours. He received many commissions from the queen. His best work, 'The First Snow on the Alp,' is now in the the Melbourne Gallery. His ‘Doughty and Carlisle’ (her majesty's pet dogs), ‘Greedy Calves,’ and ‘A Sunny Day, Cookham,’ have been engraved. Weber died in London, after a long illness, on 23 Dec. 1888.

[Roget's Hist. of the ‘Old Watercolour’ Society; Bryan's Dict. of Painters and Engravers (Armstrong).]

F. M. O'D.