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John Brett

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

John Brett (1831 - 1902) 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 aaged 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.In 1853 Brett met one of the founding members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, William-Holman Hunt (1827 - 1910). 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-influenced landscape scenes.
  • Gender
  • Relationship
  • Nationality
    British: English
  • Born
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Surrey: Bletchingley
  • Died
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
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