William Barraud

1810 - Oct 1, 1850

William Barraud was an English animal painter and illustrator, the brother of Henry Barraud, with whom he collaborated on many works.
William was born in Lambeth in London, one of 17 children of William Francis Barraud, a clerk in the Custom House, and Sophia Hull. His paternal grandfather was Paul Philip Barraud an eminent chronometer maker in Cornhill, and his maternal grandfather, Thomas Hull, a miniature painter. The family was of French Huguenot origin that had come over to England at the time of the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. His younger brother Henry Barraud was also a notable artist, and another, Edward, though talented in art did not take it up as a profession.
On leaving school he is said to have become a clerk in the Custom House where his father worked, but eventually became a pupil of artist Abraham Cooper. As an animal artist he specialised in painting horses and dogs, exhibiting at the Royal Academy from 1829–50, the British Institution from 1828–49, the Society of British Artists and at other venues. His work was popular with huntsmen and dog-fanciers. He also produced some historical and landscape paintings.
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