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Walter Frederick Osborne (1859-1903)

Biography of painter Walter Frederick Osborne (1859-1903)

Walter Frederick Osborne (1859-1903) was born in Rathmines, Dublin. He studied at the Royal Hibernian Academy School and won the Taylor Prize in 1881 and 1882 whilst studying in Antwerp.

Osborne was influenced by Jules Bastien Lepage.

In 1883, Osborne moved to Brittany and then to England where he received commissions for portraiture and in 1886 was made a member of The Royal Hibernian Academy.

In 1892, Osborne returned to Ireland and set-up a studio at No 7 St Stephens Green in Dublin. Here, Osborne worked plein air in the city and around St Patrick's Cathedral or in the surrounding countryside.

Osborne died at the age of 44 from pneumonia when on the brink of his artistic maturity. His final work Tea in The Garden, a dazzling fusion of naturalism and impressionism, remained unfinished and is in the collection of The Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin.

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Lot FS15/244: Walter Frederick Osborne (1859-1903, Irish) - High Street, Rye - Signed with Initials WO

Walter Frederick Osborne (1859-1903, Irish) - High Street, Rye - signed with initials WO, bottom right oil on board 235 x 15cm, unframed Provenance: Gifted to the vendor This oil study may well be a preparatory work for the well known 'Cherry Ripe', 1889, which is in the possession of the Ulster Museum, Belfast, see opposite page. We are grateful to Professor Kenneth McConkey for his assistance in cataloguing this lot. Walter Frederick Osborne (1859-1903): Cherry Ripe 1889 Copyright: National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Ulster Museum. [BELUM U116] Walter Osborne was born in Rathmines, Dublin. He studied at the Royal Hibernian Academy School and won the Taylor Prize in 1881 and 1882 whilst studying in Antwerp. He was influence by Jules Bastien Lepage. in 1883 he moved to Brittany and then to England where he received commissions for portraiture and in 1886 was made a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy. in 1892 he returned to Ireland and set-up a studio at No7 St Stephens Green, Dublin. Here he worked plein air in the city and around St Patrick's Cathedral or in the surrounding countryside. He died at the age of 44 from pneumonia when on the brink of his artistic maturity. His final work Tea in the Garden, a dazzling fusion of naturalism and impressionism, remained unfinished and is in the collection of the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin. Between c1885 and 1891 Osborne worked extensively in England, Northern France and Spain. He collected many photographs including images of local people, towns and villages which he used as both a source reference and as an inspiration for his oil paintings. During this time he travelled throughout England with a group of artists including Nathaniel Hill and Augustus Burke. Walberswick and the south of England were places Osborne frequented during this time, whilst exhibiting frequently at the Royal Academy and the Royal Hibernian Academy.

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000
Realised: £8,800