JOHN CALLCOTT HORSLEY RA (29 January 1817 – 18 October 1903), was an English Academic painter of genre and historical scenes, illustrator, and designer of the first Christmas card . He was a member of the artist's colony in Cranbrook .
* 1 Childhood and education * 2 Family life * 3 Career * 4 See also * 5 Notes * 6 References * 7 Further reading * 8 External links
CHILDHOOD AND EDUCATION
Horsley was born in
Horsley married Elvira Walter in 1846 with whom he had three sons: Edward (1848), Frank (1849), and Harry (1850). Elvira died of consumption in 1852 followed by the deaths of Edward and Harry in 1854 and Frank in 1857 due to scarlet fever.
Horsley remarried to Rosamund Haden who came from a family of
distinguished surgeons—her father Charles Haden had a practice in
Sloan Street and her brother
Francis Seymour Haden
After his wedding to Rosamund in 1854 Horsley and his new wife toured the Midlands for five months to establish contacts with wealthy industrialists for portrait commissions. Horsley moved into 'Willesley', his house in Cranbrook in 1861, joining the Cranbrook Colony ; whilst maintaining a home in London. The architect Richard Shaw adds "...tall chimneys and cosy 'inglenooks.'" in the Jacobean style to 'Willesley'.
Horsley's paintings were largely of historical subjects set in the
seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, influenced by the Dutch masters
Pieter de Hooch
As a young artist Horsley was patronised by the collector John Sheepshanks , who bought two of Horsley's paintings: '\'The Rival Performers (1839), and '\'Youth and Age (1839); both of which are now part of the V"> The world's first Christmas card
Horsley designed the first ever Christmas card , commissioned by Henry Cole . It caused some controversy because it depicted a small child drinking wine. He also designed the Horsley envelope , a pre-paid envelope that was the precursor to the postage stamp.
In 1856 Horsley was photographed at "The Photographed Institute" by
Robert Howlett , as part of a series of portraits of "fine artists".
The picture was among a group exhibited at the Art Treasures
Horsley was a member of the London-based Etching Club contributing illustrations to editions of " The Deserted Village " (Oliver Goldsmith and "Songs of Shakespeare". He also illustrated a number of other books including "Little Princes" by Eliza Slater (London: Henry G. Bohn, 1890).
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* ^ A B C D E F The Cranbrook Colony: Fresh Perspectives,
Wolverhampton Art Gallery, 2010
* ^ The complex history surrounding the decoration is best
T. S. R. Boase , The Decorations of the New Palace of
Westminster 1841-1863, in: Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld
Institutes 17:1954, pp. 319–358.
* ^ John Callcott Horsley, R.A.,
* This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain : Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Horsley, John Callcott". Encyclopædia Britannica . 13 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 739.
* Horsley, J. C. Recollections of a Royal Academician (London: J. Murray,