‘Puppies with a cricket’
Framed Dimensions: 81cm x 70cm
Briton Riviere belonged to a family of artists of Huguenot descent. At the time of his death, no fewer than nine of its members, spread over four generations, had exhibited at the Royal Academy. The youngest child of William Riviere (1806-1876), Briton was born in London but moved with his family to Cheltenham and then to Oxford, where amongst other things, he worked with his father on a commission to complete the Arthurian murals in the Union that D.G. Rossetti and his assistants had left incomplete in 1858. At the age of ten he exhibited his first pictures at the British Institution, and at eighteen he made his debut at the Academy. By 1876 was an associate of the Academy and by 1881 a full Academician.