William Strutt (1825-1915)

The long-lived painter William Strutt was born in Devon in 1825, the son of William Thomas Strutt, a miniature painter. He studied in Paris, where he developed a strong interest in animal painting. In 1850 he went to Australia, where he painted local scenes which are of historical interest as being among the earliest such records. He was also of great influence in Australia as a draughtsman, producing the first illustrated magazine there - the Illustrated Australian Magazine.

Strutt returned to England in 1862, and exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1865. He produced genre paintings, and some religious work, and also carried on with his animal pictures.

Strutt's son, Alfred W Strutt RBA was also an animal painter, tending to humorous pictures of dogs and farmyards (some of which were etched by H. T. Dicksee), and his daughter Rosa Jameson Strutt painted animals, birds and flowers.

A rather typical picture by William Strutt is Pot Luck, showing dogs eating out of a bucket, is in the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne.

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