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Frank Wright Bourdillon, 1851-1924

Nationality: British
Date of Birth: 1851
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Date of Death: 1924
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Frank Wright Bourdillon was a landscape and figure painter.


Bourdillon was active between 1881 and 1892, during which time he exhibited in London at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Grosvenor Gallery, Dowdeswell Galleries, Grafton Gallery, New English Art Club and Society of British Artists, a society in which JW served as President from 1886 to 1888. Bourdillon also exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Hibernian Academy, Royal Society of Artists in Birmingham, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and Manchester City Art Gallery. He joined the New English Art Club in 1887, a group with which JW exhibited at their inaugural show in 1888.

In 1889 Bourdillon was among those included in the preliminary preparations for a meal to be held at the Criterion on 1 May in celebration of JW's honorary membership of the Royal Academy in Munich (#00631). At this time he was working at Newlyn, Penzance.


Bénézit, E., Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, 8 vols, Paris, 1956-61; Johnson, J. and A. Gruetzner, Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, Woodbridge, 1880 (accessed 2003).