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John Brett

English landscape and marine painter (1831 - 1902) associated with the Pre-Raphaelite movement

John Brett was the son of a veterinary surgeon. He showed an early enthusiasm for geology, astronomy and painting.

He became a student at the Royal Academy in London when he was 22. However, Brett was more interested in the ideas of the art critic John Ruskin (1819 - 1900) and the work of the artists who formed the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848 than the classical ideals of the Academy. Brett later met one of the founding members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, William-Holman Hunt (1827 - 1910) in 1853. His association with the Pre-Raphaelite artists and his reading of Ruskin's book, Modern Painters (published 1847), had a profound effect on his painting. He is best known for his Pre-Raphaelite landscape scenes.
  • Gender
  • Relationship
  • Nationality
    British: English
  • Born
    08 December 1831
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Surrey: Bletchingley
  • Died
    07 January 1902
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
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