ALFRED DE BREANSKI
Alfred de Breanski was born in 1852. After his academic and artistic training, he began exhibiting his paintings in 1869, continuing up until 1919. He was honoured to have 24 of his paintings accepted by the Royal Academy and many more at the other major London and provincial galleries such as the Royal Hibernian Academy and the Royal Cumbrian Academy. Breanski also exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists and the New Water-colour Society. His many patrons included Sir James Lemon and the Bishop of Perterborough.
Breanski specialised in painting dramatic Welsh and Scottish landscapes, especially highland lochs at sunset, which often exude a golden rosy light. He also painted views on the Thames and at Burnham Beaches. He had various addresses, living at Cookham, Berkshire from 1880, Greenwich in 1883 and London in 1887. In 1880, he became a freeman of the city of London. In 1873, Breanski married Annie Roberts, a talented Welsh artist who he first met during his frequent trips to Wales. His brother Gustave was also an artist specialising in marine subjects, and two of his seven children, Arthur and Alfred Fontville became artists as well. Examples of this fine artists work are to be found in several public collections, for example the Sydney Museum, Southampton Art Gallery and the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.