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Edward Bird (1772-1819)

Biography of English artist Edward Bird (1772-1819)

Edward Bird (1772-1829) was an English genre artist born in 1772 who spent most of his working life in Bristol, where the Bristol School of Artists formed around him.

Bird enjoyed a period of popularity in London, rivalling the dominance of David Wilkie in the field of genre painting, before moving to historical and battle scenes.

Bird was born in Wolverhampton, the son of a carpenter. He had no formal art training, but developed his skills through apprenticeship as a japanning artist painting tea trays.

Bird had a naturalistic style and his use of fresh colours, especially in his genre paintings, drew a large number of artists to his School, amongst them Rippingille and Francis Danby.

Bird exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1809.

Both the Prince Regent and Princess Charlotte were patrons of the artist.

He died in 1829.

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Lot FS27/387: Edward Bird [1772-1819] - 'The Departure For London', Interior Scene with Figures Preparing For A Son's Departure

Edward Bird [1772-1819] - 'The Departure for London', interior scene with figures preparing for a son's departure - signed E Bird RA bottom left of centre oil on panel 61 x 90cm.

Estimate: £6,000 - £8,000
Realised: £6,200