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The Organ Grinder - Myles Birket Foster - Framed Print - 16"H x 20"W


The Organ Grinder - Myles Birket Foster - Framed Print - 16"H x 20"W

Myles Birket Foster was a popular English illustrator, watercolour artist and engraver. His name is also to be found as Myles Birkett Foster.

His father founded M. B. Foster & sons (a successful beer-bottling company). Myles initially went into his father's business. However, noticing his talent for art, his father secured an apprenticeship with the notable wood engraver, Ebenezer Landells, where he worked on illustrations for Punch magazine and the Illustrated London News.

On leaving Landells' employ, he continued to produce work for the Illustrated London News and the Illustrated London Almanack. He also found work as a book illustrator and, during the 1850s, trained himself to paint in watercolours. His illustrations of Longfellow’s Evangeline and books of poetry by other contemporaries were a great success.

It was after moving to Witley that Birket Foster produced the works for which he is best known—a sentimentalised view of the contemporary English countryside, particularly in the west Surrey area. Birket Foster's work, along with others was used by Cadburys, on the cover of their chocolate boxes from the 1860s onwards.

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