Charles Burton Barber

British 🇬🇧 1845 - 1894

Charles Burton Barber (1845-1894) was an English painter renowned for his portraits of children and animals, especially dogs, in a realistic style. He studied at the Royal Academy, where he won a silver medal for drawing, and later became a favorite artist of Queen Victoria, receiving numerous commissions from the royal family. His works, capturing the innocence of childhood and the genuine nature of animals, were widely popular in Victorian England. Barber was also elected as a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 1883, affirming his status as a leading artist of his time.

His final commission was from Queen Victoria in 1894 to paint her with her grandchildren and pony carriage. Despite his success, Charles Burton Barber valued his privacy and never sought to build a higher reputation beyond his royal commissions. He was also a skilled carver, able to create his own studio fittings and photography equipment, showcasing his multifaceted talents