Birket Foster was a celebrated Victorian watercolour artist of rustic scenes. Foster was technically skilled in painting in a stippled technique.
Foster was born in North Shields and moved to London as a child. At the age of sixteen he became a wood engravers apprentice. Then he worked as a draughtsman, where he illustrated books. In 1846 he set up as a freelance illustrator, because he was already becoming famous as a draughtsman of rural scenes. His most celebrated illustrated book, Pictures of English Landscapes (1863), with verses by Tom Taylor, he conceived as a showcase. But Birket Foster was already gaining a far higher reputation as a watercolourist. He began to exhibit in 1859 and in the course of his exhibiting career, he showed some four hundred works at the Old Watercolour Society’s galleries and his watercolours were also extensively exhibited by London dealers.
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