Dictionary of National Biography, 1912 supplement/Brewtnall, Edward Frederick

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BREWTNALL, EDWARD FREDERICK (1846–1902), painter, born in London on 13 Oct. 1846, was eldest son of Edward Brewtnall, headmaster of the People's College, Warrington, Lancashire. Coming to London about 1868 with Edward John Gregory [q. v. Suppl. II], he studied at the Lambeth School of Art. As a painter in water-colours he made his first appearance at the Royal Society of British Artists in 1868 with a picture entitled 'Post Time,' and from 1882 to 1886, when he resigned, he was a member of the Society. In 1875 he became an associate of the Royal Water Colour Society, and a full member in 1883. His pictures there exhibited include 'When Love was Young' (1878); 'The Honeymoon' (1880); 'The Visit to the Witch' (1882); 'Bluebeard's Wife' (1884); 'The Ravens' (1885); 'Where to next?' (1886); ' On the Wing ' (1888); 'The Red Fisherman' (1891); 'The Shell' (1894); 'The Fisherman and the Genie' (1897), and 'La Vie de Boheme' (1900). He painted also in oils, and was a member of the Institute of Oil Painters. From 1872 to 1900 he exhibited eighteen pictures at the Royal Academy, most of them in oils, among his later contributions being 'Merely Players' (1898); 'On the Embankment' (1899); and 'The Inn by the Sea' (1900). His picture of 'The Model's Luncheon' is in the Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, and two of his water colours, 'At Cley-next-the-Sea, Norfolk,' and 'Near St. Mawgan, Cornwall,' are in the Victoria and Albert Museum. He died on 13 Nov. 1902 at his residence at Bedford Park, and was buried in the old churchyard, Chiswick. On 17 Sept. 1884 he married Ellen Faraday, sister of Alice Faraday, the wife of Frederick Barnard [q. v. Suppl. I], and had three daughters.

[Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers; Graves's Royal Academy Exhibitors; private information.]

M. H.