Charles Thomas Burt was born on 26 March 1823 at Edgbaston, Birmingham to William Burt, a hardware merchant and Mary Drinkwater. His family were part of the growing Birmingham middle class with an interest in culture and having recognising his talent, enabled him to receive art tuition. He became a pupil of Samuel Lines (1778-1863) who was an early member of the Birmingham School of landscape painters. He also became a pupil and friend of David Cox (1783-1859) who had moved to nearby Harborne in 1841 and became a great influence on his style and subject matter.
He made his debut at the Birmingham Society of Artists in 1845 and at the Royal Academy in 1850 and was a regular exhibitor to both throughout his life. He also exhibited at the British Institute and Suffolk Street. After the death of his first wife Louisa Gough, he married Mary Ann Revell in 1850 and together they lived on the Hagley Road in Edgbaston with his mother and father. His son Charles Revell Burt also became an artist. In 1856, he was elected a member of the Birmingham Society of Artists.
He spent most of his life in Birmingham, but also spent several years in North Devon from the mid to late 1850’s returning to Park Road in Harborne, Birmingham around 1860. As well as finding inspiration around the areas where he lived, he also travelled to Scotland, spending time in the Highlands and the Orkneys and also visited Derbyshire, Somerset and Yorkshire. By 1880, he had moved to the central area of Birmingham living at Percy Street and then Charlotte Street. He spent his final years back in Harborne where he died on 5 January 1902.
Examples of his work can be found in a number of public collections including Birmingham Museum, Leamington Spa Art Gallery, National Museum of Wales, The Wilson and the Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
|Presentation||The painting is housed in a new, English made gilt frame which is in excellent condition.|
|Condition||As with all of our original antique oil paintings, this work is offered in ready to hang gallery condition, having just been professionally cleaned, restored and revarnished.|
|Image size||23.5 inches x 35.5 inches (60cm x 90cm)|
|Framed size||30.75 inches x 42.75 inches (78cm x 108.5cm)|