Charles Burton Barber was born in 1845 and died in 1894. He was an English painter who attained great success with his paintings of children and their pets.
Charles Burton Barber was born in Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, and studied from the age of 18 at the Royal Academy, London . Charles Burton Barber received a silver medal for drawing in 1864, and had his first exhibit there in 1866.
During his lifetime,Charles Burton Barber was regarded as one of England's finest animal painters and received commissions from Queen Victoria to do paintings of her with grandchildren and dogs, and also for the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) and his pets. A number of his portraits by Charles Burton Barber are in the Royal Collection. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1866 to 1893. In 1883 Charles Burton Barber was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. Charles Burton
Barber became a very popular sporting and animal painter, specialising particularly in sentimental portraits of dogs and often with children. His work ranged from photographically realistic to quick sketches. Although regarded as overly sentimental, Charles Burton Barber work remains popular, largely because of his competent painting.
Charles Burton Barber received his final commission in 1894 to paint Queen Victoria, with her grandchildren, in her pony-carriage. Charles Burton Barber died in London soon afterwards. His place as foremost painter of children and pets was taken by Arthur Elsley.
Many of Charles Burton Barber’s paintings were engraved. He exhibited at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Walker Art Gallery and Manchester City Art Gallery. Much of his ar of Charles Burton Barber is at the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight.