** artists illustrating boys fashions: Frederick Yeates Hurlstone

Artists Illustrating Boys' Fashions: Frederick Yeates Hurlstone (England, 1800-69)

Figure 1.--This portrait by Robert and Elizabeth Buxton was painted by Frederick Yeates Hurlstone in 1834. This was at the very end of the Regency. We know nothing about the children, but Buxton was an aristicatic family and they clearly came from a well-to-do family. Robert wear a burgundy tunic with a large ruffeled collar with what look like long pants rather than pantalettes. Elizabeth wears a white dress with a low-cut top along with a blanket.

Frederick Yeates Hurlstone was an accomplished genre artist who also did fine porttraits. Hewas born in London (1800). His father was Thomas Y. Hurlstone, one of the owners of the Morning Chronicle. He was the oldest son by his father's second marriage. There was an artist in the famaily. His great-uncle was Richard Hurleston wh had been a student of Joseph Wright from Derby. He began eworking in his fther's newspaper, bit his interests were in art. And he began studing inder some real lumibaries: first Sir William Beechey and then Sir Thomas Lawrence and Benjamin Haydon. His first commissdion was an altar-piece (1816). He clearly had promie and was accepted as a pupil of the Royal Academy and begn to shine. He was awarded the silver medal for the best painted copy (1822). The next year he won the gold medal for historical painting (I823). The pintging tghat won was 'The Contention between the Archangel Michael and Satan for the Body of Moses' It is at this time that he began exhibiting iyth an impressive numbrr of major works. One of his most accaomed early works was 'A Venetian Page with a Parrot' (1824). Hurlstone exhibited at several different venues, but he was elected a member of the Society of British Artists (1831). From this point on he usually exhinited his works at thE society. He was first elected president (1835) afor most of his life served in that capacity. He contributed some 300 works to the Ciciety's exhibitioins. He began traveling to souther Eurppe and North Africa, Italy, Spain, and North Africa (1835). Images from these trips began showing up in his works. His later woks are dominated by Spanish and Italian rustic subjects--the 'picaresco' style including beggar-boys and vagabonds. Hurlstone in addition to his genre work was also a successful portrait painter. The Buxton children here is a good example of his work (figure 1). We have no information on the family at this time. We also notice z copy of one of his portraits, three chilkdren with a king charles spaniel, copied by Frank Moss Bennett, perhps a few years earlier than the portrait here. Hurlstone married fellow artist Jane Coral (1836). She exhibited watercolour drawings and portraits at the Royal Academy and the Society of British Artists (1846-50). She then exhibited some oil works. She died leaving Hurlstone a widfower (1858). They had two sons, one of whom also pursued art. A grandson, William Martin Yeates Hurlstone, became a composer.


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