Valentine Walter Bromley

(14 February 1848 - 30 April 1877)

He belonged to family of artists. His father, William Bromley, is a member of the Institute of British Artists; his grandfather, William Bromley, was a tint-engrayer, who died in 1838; and his great-grandfather, William Bromley, an Associate of the Royal Academy in the beginning of the present century, was also an engraver of some note.

Valentine began studying art under his father, was elected an Associate of the Institute oi Painters in Water-Colors before he was twenty years of age, and an Associate of the Society of British Artists a few years later. He devoted some time to the illustration of books and periodicals, being upon the staff of the Illustrated London News.

He gained a gold medal for his "Big Chiefs Toilet," at the Crystal exhibition of 1877. Among his works in water-colors may be noted, "The White Rose" (engraved), "The Nearest Way to Church," etc. To the Royal Academy, in 1877, the year of his death, art in oil, "The Fairy King."

"The composition of 'Troilus and Cressida' shows much of the antique feeling in art. The two principal figures might stand as a group of Greek sculpture, in their united action, while that of Pandarus is perfectly picturesque. The treatment of the whole subject shows much of the pre-Raphaelite school. The picture, however, has throughout merits of no common order." -- Art Journal, 1873.

" 'The Fairy-Ring' represents some country children erecting a make-believe little house within a fairy ring of mushrooms, which they have discovered under a great tree. The incident has much resemblance about it, and was indeed painted on the spot, just as the artist saw it." -- London Mayfair, May, 1877.

[Artists of the Nineteenth Century and their Works, Clara Erskine Clement and Laurence Hutton, 1879.]

BROMLEY, VALENTINE WALTER (1848-1877), painter, great-grandson of William Bromley (1769-1842) [q. v.], was born in London on 14 Feb. 1848. From his childhood he manifested a remarkable faculty for art, both as an original designer and as a depicter of nature. He was especially remarkable for invention and swiftness of execution. He contributed largely to the Illustrated London News, and illustrated the American travels of Lord Dunraven, whom he accompanied in his tour. He was an associate of the Institute of Painters in Water Colours, and was an exhibitor at the Royal Academy at the time of his death. He died very unexpectedly of congestion of the lungs, on 30 April 1877, just as he had undertaken an important series of illustrations of Shakespeare and the Bible. He was a thorough artist, as full of animation and energy as of talent, and greatly beloved for his affectionate temper and warmth of heart. He had been married only a few months to a lady artist of considerable mark, Ida, daughter of Mr. John Forbes-Robertson. His picture of 'Troilus and Cressida' is engraved in the Art Journal for 1873.

[Art Journal, xxxix. 205; Athenæum, 5 May 1877.]

Painter and illustrator, born London, died in Harpenden near London. Son and pupil of William Bromley III. Elected associate of the Institute of Painters in watercolours in 1867, he travelled across North America with Lord Dunraven, for whom he was to paint a series of large pictures with scenes from American folk and Indian life; then from 1872-77 he submitted paintings of fairy tales and of American Indians for exhibitions to the Royal Academy in London. He did the illustrations to Lord Dunraven's The Great Divide (1876), as well as making numerous contributions as an illustrator to the Illustrated London News.

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