Sir Edward John Poynter B.T., P.R.A., R.W.S.




Edward John Poynter was born in France in 1826 to an architect father, Ambrose Poynter (1797-1886) and mother Emma Forster (1809–1898). He studied art in both French and British schools under great tutors of the day.

Poynter exhibited several paintings in the Royal Academy and other British institutions and also painted various public and private commissions. Poynter worked in all forms of media and was also a great designer and draughtsman. Among his many accomplishments, Poynter was an Honorary Secretary of The Egypt Exploration Society founded in 1882, the first Slade Professor of Art at University College in London (1871-1875), a Director of the National Gallery (1894-1904), President of the Royal Academy (1896-1918), a Knight and also the 1st Baronet of Albert Gate, Westminster, London.

On a personal level, Edward Poynter was happily married to Agnes Macdonald (1843–1906) and together they had two sons, Ambrose Macdonald Poynter (1867-1923) and Hugh Edward Poynter (1882-1968).

Paintings by Sir Edward John Poynter can be found in many private and public collections worldwide. Some of these include the Tate Britain, the British Museum, the Aichi Prefectural Museum, Japan, Newcastle, Victoria & Albert Museum as well as The Art Gallery of NSW, Australia.

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