John Brett - 1832 to 1902
8 December. Born near Reigate, Surrey, son of an army veterinray surgeon. Showed an early interest in astrology and art.
22 April. Entered Royal Academy Schools as a student. Deeply impressed by John Ruskin's writing on art and geology. Contact with Pre-Raphaelite circle of artist through Coventry Patmore.
First exhibited at Royal Academy. Visited the Alps where met J.W. Inchbold who featured his more meticulous approach to detail in nature.
Exhibited 'The Stonebreaker' (Walker Art Gallery) at the Royal Academy.
Several trips to Switzerland.
By late 60s changed to looser style. Subjects increasingly seascapes.
Married Mary Anne Howcraft
Elected Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society
Painted 'Rocks: Scilly' (Walker Art Gallery)
Elected Associate of the Royal Academy
Painted 'Trevose Head' (Walker Art Gallery)
Died Putney, 8 January