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J GILBERT

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Originally appearing in Volume V12, Page 8 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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J GILBERT.-GILBERT, MARIE painting the Portrait of Anne Boleyn," " Don Quixote's first Interview with the Duke and Duchess," 1842, " Charlemagne visiting the Schools," 1846. " Touchstone and the Shepherd," and " Rembrandt," a very fine piece, were both there in 1867; and in 1873 " Naseby," one of his finest and most picturesque designs, was also at the Royal Academy. Gilbert was elected A.R.A. 29th January 1872, and R.A. 29th June 1876. Besides these mostly large and powerful works, the artist's true arena of display was undoubtedly the gallery of the Old Water Colour Society, to which from 1852, when he was elected an Associate exhibitor, till he died forty-five years later, he contributed not fewer than 270 drawings, most of them admirable because of the largeness of their style, massive coloration, broad chiaroscuro, and the surpassing vigour of their designs. These qualities induced the leading critics to claim for him opportunities for painting mural pictures of great historic themes as decorations of national buildings. " The Trumpeter," " The Standard-Bearer," " Richard II. resigning his Crown " (now at Liverpool), " The Drug Bazaar at Constantinople," " The Merchant of Venice " and " The Turkish Water-Carrier " are but examples of that wealth of art which added to the attractions of the gallery in Pall Mall. There Gilbert was elected a full Member in 1855, and president of the Society in 1871, shortly after which he was knighted. As an illustrator of books, magazines and periodicals of every kind he was most prolific. To the success of the Illustrated London News his designs lent powerful aid, and he was eminently serviceable in illustrating the Shakespeare of Mr Howard Staunton. He died on the 6th of October 1897. (F.G.S.)
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