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Edward Poynter

Edward Poynter (Alphonse Legros)

Sir Edward John Poynter, 1st Baronet PRA (20 March 1836 in Paris – 26 July 1919 in London) was an English painter, designer, and draughtsman who served as President of the Royal Academy.


  • Life 1
  • Career 2
  • Bibliography 3
  • References 4
  • Sources 5
  • External links 6


Edward Poynter, Andromeda, 1869

Edward Poynter was the son of the Edward Burne-Jones; her sister Alice was the mother of writer Rudyard Kipling; and her sister Louisa was the mother of three-times-Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Stanley Baldwin.


He became best known for his large historical paintings such as Israel in Egypt (1867;

Cultural offices
Preceded by
Sir John Everett Millais, Bt
President of the Royal Academy
Succeeded by
Sir Aston Webb
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Albert Gate)
Succeeded by
Ambrose Poynter
Israel in Egypt (1867) Edward Poynter
  • Edward Poynter online (ArtCyclopedia)
  • Edward Poynter – biography and paintings (
  • Edward Poynter – biography and paintings (Art Renewal Center)
  • Poynter, Edward John, Sir (Dictionary of art historians)
  • Pears Soap Company & Sir Edward Poynter – "At Low Tide" ("Art of the Print")
  • Works by Edward Poynter at Project Gutenberg
  • Works by or about Edward Poynter at Internet Archive

External links

  • Bell,Malcolm. Drawings of Sir E. J. Poynter ( London: G. Newnes, ltd., 1905).
  • Sir Edward John, Bart Poynter (1911 Encyclopædia Britannica)


  1. ^ Jarrold Publishing, Norwich. Palace of Westminster Collection
  2. ^ "The Register, Adelaide, June 27, 1902". Trove. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Poynter, Edward John (PNTR898SE)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 


  • Ten lectures on art (London: Chapman and Hall, 1880).
  • Buxton, H. J. Wilmot (co-author). German, Flemish and Dutch painting (Scribner and Welford, 1881).
  • Head, Percy Head (co-author). Classic and Italian painting (London: S. Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1890)


Poynter's old school, Brighton College held an exhibition of Poynter's paintings and drawings entitled 'Life at Arms Length' in its Burstow Gallery in November–December 1995.

It appears from the subjects of his paintings (King Solomon and King Solomon's Temple) and his association with Kipling that he was a Freemason. Prints of his painting The Visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon are to be found in many Masonic Lodges around the world.

Poynter held a number of official posts: he was the first Slade Professor at University College London from 1871 to 1875, principal of the National Art Training School from 1875 to 1881 and director of the National Gallery from 1894 to 1904 (overseeing the opening of the Tate Gallery). He became a Royal Academician in 1876. In 1896, on the death of Sir John Millais, Poynter was elected President of the Royal Academy. He received a knighthood in the same year and an honorary degree from Cambridge University in 1898.[3] He was made a baronet in 1902.

[2] in 1869.Royal Academy (1890). He was admitted as an associate of the King Solomon (1871–75) and Visit of the Queen of Sheba [1]

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