The Info List - John D. Batten

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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
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 edited by Joseph Jacobs
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 flight.

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 Arthur Gaskin