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Victorian Era Artists: painters, musicians, dramatists, writers and poets

The artists during the Victorian period can be classified into painters, musicians, dramatists, writers, and poets.

Victorian Era Artists

Famous painters of the Victorian era

Some of the famous painters of the Victorian era were William Blake, Thomas Cola, Auguste Rodin, Camille Pissarra, Albert Bierstadt, Mary Cassatt, and Edgar Degas. William Blake was not only a painter but also a poet of the Romantic Age. These eminent painters belonged to the 19th-century Romantic period in Victorian England. Romanticism along with Realism gave rise to Impressionism. Kate Greenaway was a successful illustrator of books for children. Samuel Thomas was a painter.

William Simpson was a Scottish artist

Famous Musicians from Victorian times

The next category of artists was the Musicians. Beethoven, Alexander Borodin, Gustar Mahler and Franz Liszt were some of the popular 19th-century musicians. During the 19th century, Romantic-style music was in vogue. Beethoven was regarded as an important figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western classical music.

Victorian Era Artists

Famous Victorian Dramatists

During the Victorian era, the drama was a developing form of art. Some of the popular figures in this field were Sir W.S.Gilbert, Sullivan, George Shaw and Oscar Wilde. Sir Gilbert was a dramatist, poet, and illustrator best known for his fourteen comic operas produced with Sir Sullivan.

The most famous of the operas were H.M.S Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado. Sir Gilbert even wrote the Bab Ballads which was a compilation of light verses with his comical drawings. Oscar Wilde was known for his 1895 comic masterpiece titled The Importance of Being Earnest.

Influential Victorian Poets

The works of popular poets of the Victorian era like Tennyson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, Matthew Arnold and others were regarded as a bridge between the earlier and the modernist poetry of the next century. Alfred Tennyson was the favorite poet in the court of Queen Victoria.

Tennyson along with Elizabeth and Robert Browning wrote High Victorian poetry. The poems by Matthew Arnold and Gerard Manley Hopkins were between the exultation of nature of Romantic poetry and Georgian Poetry.

Michael Hartnett (Irish: Mícheál Ó hAirtnéide)  was a bilingual poet who wrote in both English and Irish

Fredrick Barnard (1809-1899) was an educator, scientist, and president of Columbia College

John William Bailey (1831-1914) was a British miniature artist.

Sir George Gore Biography  – Gore was fond of hunting and fishing

Edward Hodges Baily Biography – was a silver designer and a prolific sculptor

Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey was a famous English sculptor

George Freeman was a painter of miniature portraits on porcelain and ivory

Henri Fantin Latour was a French painter as well as a lithographer

Thomas Worthington Whittredge was a landscapes and portraits painter from America