Frederick William Burton, Sounds of Love (Harp)

Burton, Frederick William (1816 Corofin House on Inchiquin Lake, co. Clare, Eire, – London 1900). (Sounds of Love.) Lady playing the harp. Behind view into the garden with an ancient statue. Steel engraving by William French (c. 1815 – East Grinstead 1898). C. 1850. 7⅝ × 4¾ in (19.5 × 12 cm).

Already at the age of 21 associate, two years later fellow of the Royal Hibernian Academy, 1844 Burton travels to Germany for the first time. A stay of seven years in Munich (1851-56) is used for extensive studies in all important European galleries, too. Afterwards settling in London, Burton renounces his artistic work 1874 after the appointment as director of the National Gallery, the collection of which he enhances in the following 20 years by numerous important highlights of particularly early and old masters.

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