Framed landscape oil painting of Brig o’ Turk and Ben Venue. Signed by the artist on the lower right corner and also signed and titled to the rear of the canvas.
Alfred Fontville de Breanski was born in London in 1877, into a family of painters. Not only was his father the highly regarded Victorian landscape painter, Alfred de Bréanski, Sr., but his mother was the Welsh painter, Annie Roberts. In addition, his uncle Gustave de Bréanski was a noted seascape painter, and his aunt Julie had also trained as an artist.
Because of the similarity of his and his father’s name, a note must be added about the signatures used by the elder and younger Alfred de Breanski. In general, the elder painter used his full name, including an accent aigu over the “é” in his last name, while his son did not. Alfred Jr. often signed his work as A. F. de Breanski, sometimes including “Jr.” after his last name; occasionally he also used A. Fontville rather than Breanski.
He exhibited at the Royal Academy and at the Royal Society of British Artists.
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