George Goodwin Kilburne
A Tender Moment
Oil on canvas, signed
George Goodwin Kilburne was a genre painter both in oil and watercolour and engraver who was born in Norfolk on July 24 1839. He served a 5 year apprenticeship to London engravers and illustrators the Dalziel Brothers, studying wood engraving. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1863 to 1918 with a total of 37 paintings. He also exhibited at the New Watercolour Society, becoming a member in 1866, at Suffolk Street and the Grosvenor Gallery. Kilburne married Jenny Dalziel, the daughter of Robert Dalziel and had 3 sons and 2 daughters. One of his children, George Goodwin Jnr also became an artist. He turned from engraving to painting, quickly establishing himself as the leading painter of female beauties usually set against richly decorated interiors or in natural romantic backgrounds. After his wife died in 1883, he married Edith Golightly with whom he had 2 girls. Examples of his work can be found in many public and private collections including the Manchester City Art Gallery, the Sheffield Art Gallery and the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.
The painting is housed in a new English made gilt frame which is in excellent condition.