William Osborne

1823 - 1901


One of the leading Irish animal painters), William Osborne was born in Dublin, initially working as a warehouseman until the age of 22, when he decided to train as an artist and joined the Royal Hibernian Academy School.

Afterwards, he set up a studio in Pleasant Street in Dublin and, in 1851, began showing at the annual RHA exhibition - an experience he repeated in all but nine of the next fifty years. Elected an Associate of the RHA in 1854, he became a full Academician four years later. Osborne's forte was animal art, and he developed a considerable reputation for his sympathetic paintings of dogs and horses.