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Edward Poynter: 99 Masterpieces - cover

Edward Poynter: 99 Masterpieces

Maria Tsaneva

Publisher: Maria Tsaneva

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Sir Edward John Poynter was an English painter, designer, and draughtsman. He became best known for his large historical paintings such as Israel in Egypt (1867), followed by St George for England (1869), a mosaic for the Central Lobby of the Palace of Westminster, depicting St George and the Dragon. Visit of the Queen of Sheba (1871–75) and King Solomon (1890). From the turn of the century Poynter's paintings declined both in numbers and standard, his main priority being the running of the Academy. He lived to see the death of classicism, and the total eclipse of his own artistic standards, and those of his contemporaries. He adopted the approach of ignoring new developments of which he did not approve. Poynter held a number of official posts and became a Royal Academician in 1876. In 1896, on the death of Sir John Millais, Poynter was elected President of the Royal Academy. He received a knighthood in the same year and an honorary degree from Cambridge University in 1898.
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