JOHN DICKSON BATTEN (8 October 1860 – 5 August 1932), born in
Plymouth , Devon, was an English painter of figures in oils , tempera
and fresco and a book illustrator and printmaker. He was an active
member of the Society of Painters in
Tempera , with his wife Mary
Batten, a gilder .
* 1 Career
* 2 Gallery
* 3 References
* 4 External links
As a student at the
Slade School of Fine Arts under Alphonse Legros
he exhibited until 1887 at the
Grosvenor Gallery with Sir Edward
Burne-Jones . He indulged in mythological and allegorical themes.
Among Batten's paintings are The Garden of Adonis: Amoretta and Time,
The Family, Mother and Child, Sleeping Beauty: The Princess Pricks Her
Finger, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and Atalanta and Melanion.
In the 1890s Batten illustrated a series of fairy tale collections
Joseph Jacobs , who was a member of the Folklore Society
(and editor of its journal 1890–93): at least English Fairy Tales,
Celtic Fairy Tales, Indian Fairy Tales, More English Fairy Tales, and
More Celtic Fairy Tales from 1890 to 1895 and Europa's Fairy Book
(1916). (The latter has also been issued as European Folk and Fairy
Tales.) He also illustrated English versions of Tales from the
Arabian Nights and Dante\'s Inferno .
Batten also wrote two books of poetry and a book on animal and human
At the end of the 1890s he turned to the painting technique of egg
tempera and played an important part in its revival with Birmingham
artists such as