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 Sydney Richmond Burleigh  (1853 - 1931)

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Lived/Active: Rhode Island      Known for: landscape, townscap and portrait painting

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BIOGRAPHY for Sydney Burleigh
1853 (Little Compton, Rhode Island)
1931 (Providence, Rhode Island)

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San Francisco Panama-Pacific Exhibition 1915
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Brown University:
1. Portrait painting, "George Shepard Burleigh" (acc.# HP 01645) (Annex)
2. Watercolor [untitled]--pastoral landscape with cows grazing (Edwin A. Burlingame bequest) (acc.# HP 00155)
3. Oil/pastel/pencil on board [untitled]--landscape/sky study (Edwin A. Burlingame bequest) (acc.# HP 00371)
4. Watercolor [untitled]--Tiverton landscape (Edwin A. Burlingame bequest) (acc.# HP 00395)
5. Watercolor [untitled]--landscape with pond and a man in middle ground (Edwin A. Burlingame bequest) (acc.# HP 00582)
6. Oil painting on board [untitled]--landscape with house (Edwin A. Burlingame bequest) (acc.# HP 01164)

Brown University--Gardner House:
1. Watercolor, "Burning Bush"
2. Portrait painting, "Jessie Barker Gardner" (acc.# HP 01077)

Brownell Library, Little Compton.:
1. Watercolor [untitled]--landscape in moonlight
2. Red chalk drawing [untitled]--portrait of a girl wearing a lace bonnet

City Hall, Providence:
1. Oil portrait, "D.L.D. Granger"

David Winton Bell Gallery:
1. Portrait in charcoal with gouache, "Lida Shaw King" (acc.# HP 00558)

Little Compton Historical Society:
1. Oil painting, "Ropes Farm Looking East"
2. Watercolor, "Levi Sisson House and Farm Buildings Looking East from Tunipus Pond"
3. Charcoal portrait, "Sarah Wilkinson" (Mrs. Burleigh)
4. Oil (?) on board, "Historical and Topographical Map of the Town of Little Compton from its Settlement in 1675 to AD 1925" (1925)
5. Oil painting [untitled]--house called Mercy Borden House, Benajah Borden House, or 'Tea House', Little Compton (ca. 1900)
6. Oil portrait, "John Church"
7. Watercolor on board [untitled]--Japanese lantern with irises
8. Watercolor, unfinished [untitled]--floral study
9. Watercolor, "Bessie Gray at Lloyd's Beach"(ca. 1880)
10. Pencil Sketch, unfinished--historical map of Narragansett Bay
11. Oil on board, unfinished [untitled]--portrait of an Indian princess
12. Oil painting, "Sunset Rock, Little Compton"
13. Oil painting [untitled]--Sakonnet River North of Taylor's Lane, Little Compton
14. Color pencil drawing [untitled]--likely a European landscape
15. Watercolor, "A Rainy Day in Ireland"
16. Watercolor [untitled]--landscape of a German village
17. Watercolor [untitled]--landscape of Little Compton
18. Watercolor [untitled]--landscape of a marsh with a boat
19. Graphite drawing [untitled]--image of a woman
20. Table made by Burleigh
21. A collection of miscellaneous photographs, drawings and personal items donated by Mrs. Sydney Burleigh

Newport Art Museum:
Watercolor, "A New England Farm" (acc.# 987.005.1)

Pettaquamscutt Historical Society:
1. Oil painting, "French House in Snow"

Providence Art Club:
1. Watercolor, "Marshes"
2. Watercolor, "Hayfield"
3. Watercolor, "Old Buildings"
4. Lithograph portrait, "John C. Pegram" (PAC Pres.)
5. Charcoal drawing, "Head with High Comb"
6. Red chalk drawing, "An American Girl"
7. Red chalk drawing, "Girl Wearing a Bonnet"
8. Raffaelli colors, "Haystack"
9. Oil and pastel on paperboard, "Drying Sails"
10. Watercolor, "The White Jabot"
11. Raffaelli colors, "Brittany Interior"
12. Crayon pastel portrait, "Brooke Sanderson"
13. Pen and ink portrait drawing, "Edwin A. Burlingame"
14. Raffaelli colors, "Down the Scheldt"
15. Watercolor/pencil, "Ely, England"
16. Watercolor, "South Main Street"
17. Oil and crayon, "Arco Della Saline" (Rapallo, Italy)
18. Watercolor, "Seascape With Boats" (1915)
19. Watercolor portrait, "Angela Richmond"
20. Untitled work--Canal boat scene
21. Watercolor [untitled]--a field, pink and blue
22. Watercolor [untitled]--salt box house
23. Watercolor [untitled]--barn
24. Watercolor portrait, "George Matteson"
25. Oil painting, "Little Girl With Muff" (1905)
26. Watercolor [untitled]--coastal scene
27. Watercolor, "Walberwick"
28. Watercolor/gouache, "Coast of Brittany, Clamming"
29. Watercolor, "Venice"
30. Watercolor, "Cows and Brook"
31. Watercolor/gouache, "Absinthe House"
32. Watercolor portrait, "George Burleigh"
33. Watercolor/gouache, "Fantasy Map"
34. Watercolor, "Paul Boy" (1888)
35. Mahogany box with 16 sketchbooks

Rhode Island Historical Society:
1. Oil portrait, "Abby Parmenter Gladding" (1884) (acc.# 1990.13.1)

Rhode Island School of Design:
1. Earthenware vase (late 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 1990.016)
2. Silver ring (1853) (acc.# 13.635)
3. Painted oak, "King Arthur Chest"--designed by Burleigh, carved by Julia L. Mauran  (ca. 1900) (acc.# 13.429)
4. Painted ebonized cherry, "Shakespeare Chest" (ca. 1900) (acc.# 28.046)
5. Tulipwood armchair (1888) (acc.# 79.072)
6. Oil painting on canvas, "In Ye Olden Times" (late 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 80.130)
7. Painting, "Landscape" (late 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 06.001)
8. Oil painting on canvas, "Landscape" (late 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.915)
9. Oil painting on cardboard, "Landscape" (late 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.916)
10. Painting on canvas, "Landscape" (ca. 1900-1910) (acc.# 13.917)
11. Oil painting on canvas, "Landscape" (late 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 19.114)
12. Watercolor/charcoal, "A Day of Wind" (mid-19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 55.046)
13. Watercolor drawing, "A Mournee" (late 19th-mid 20th c.) (acc.# 13.1034)
14. Watercolor drawing, "A River Side" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.1030)
15. Etching; plate tone, "An Old Boat" (late 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.1236)
16. Watercolor drawing, "An Old Farm Road" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.1023)
17. Pastel, "At the Bath" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.887)
18. Etching/aquatint/hand coloring, "Benedicta Tu In Mulieribus" (late 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.1024)
19. Watercolor drawing, "Collecting Seaweed" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.1022)
20. Watercolor drawing, "East and West" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.1031)
21. Watercolor drawing, "Evening in the Dunes" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 20.368)
22. Watercolor drawing, "Evergreens" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.1016)
23. Watercolor drawing, "Felina--A Witch" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.1033)
24. Watercolor drawing, "Fisherman of Vollendam" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 29.092)
25. Etching, "Flock of Birds" (late 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.1237)
26. Etching; plate tone, "Foundry" (late 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.1128)
27. Lithograph, "Ghost in Moonlight" (1895) (acc.# 47.770)
28. Color lithograph, "Ghost in Moonlight" (1895)(acc.#. 47.771)
29. Drypoint; plate tone, "Girl in Profile" (late 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.1127)
30. Drypoint, "Head of a Girl" (1884) (acc.# 13.1126)
31. Watercolor drawing, "In the Park of Versailles" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.864)
32. Watercolor drawing, "In the Wind" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.1029)
33. Watercolor/ink/pencil, "Interior" (mid 19th-late 20th c.) (acc.# 13.1049)
34. Watercolor drawing, "Landscape" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.856)
35. Watercolor drawing, "Landscape" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.857)
36. Watercolor drawing, "Landscape" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 15.091)
37. Watercolor drawing, "Landscape" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.1038)
38. Watercolor drawing, "Landscape" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.862)
39. Watercolor drawing, "Landscape" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.1035.1)
40. Watercolor drawing, "Landscape" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.1035.2)
41. Watercolor drawing, "Landscape" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.1035.3)
42. Watercolor drawing, "Landscape" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.1035.4)
43. Watercolor drawing, "Landscape" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.1035.5)
44. Watercolor/chalk, "Landscape" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.861)
45. Watercolor drawing, "Landscape" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.1047)
46. Watercolor drawing, "Landscape With Peasant" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.860)
47. Watercolor drawing, "Landscape With Pond" (Summer's End) (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.859)
48. Watercolor drawing, "Loading Seaweed, Sakonnet" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 29.108)
49. Watercolor drawing, "Mlle. Japonica" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.1028)
50. Watercolor drawing, "Morning" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.1018)
51. Pastel (crayon), "Mother of Pearl" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc# 13.885)
52. Watercolor drawing, "New Year's Card" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13. 1037)
53. Watercolor drawing, "Old Garrison House, Barrington" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.1019)
54. Watercolor drawing, "Old Pier" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.1032)
55. Watercolor drawing, "Olive" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.1017)
56. Watercolor drawing, "On the Lido" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.863)
57. Watercolor/charcoal, "Portrait Head of Young Romany Maid" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.828)
58. Watercolor drawing, "Portrait of Isaac C. Bates" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 47.647)
59. Watercolor drawing, "Portrait of a Girl" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.858)
60. Watercolor drawing, "Portrait of a Young Girl with a Fan" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 78.036)
61. Color lithograph, "Poster Show" (1895) (acc.# 96.068)
62. Color lithograph, "Sailboat" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 31.093)
63. Watercolor drawing, "Scalloptown" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 20.536)
64. Etching, "Sheep" (1892) (acc.# 13.1238)
65. Watercolor drawing, "Sketches" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.893)
66. Pastel/crayon, "Sleep and Dreams" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.886)
67. Watercolor/chalk, "Smithy, Flat Rock, N.C." (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 31.086)
68. Chalk, "Southwold Church" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 55.044)
69. Watercolor drawing, "Souvenir of the South" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.1020)
70. Drypoint, "Spinning Jennie" (late 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.1235)
71. Watercolor drawing, "Squam Lake" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 31.087)
72. Watercolor drawing, "St. Andrews" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 20.409)
73. Etching; plate tone, "Sta. Catharina Studiosorum Fautrix" (late 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.1234)
74. Watercolor drawing, "Stacks" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.1021)
75. Etching; plate tone, "Study of Head" (1889) (acc.# 90.001)
76. Watercolor drawing, "Swampscott" (early 19th-mid 20th c.) (acc.# 20.408))
77. Pastel/crayon, "Thawing Out" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.884)
78. Pastel/crayon/pencil, "The Bather" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.883)
79. Watercolor drawing, "The Farm" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.1025)
80. Watercolor drawing, "Two Sketches of a Girl's Head" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 78.035)
81. Watercolor drawing, "Under Tower Hill" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.1026)
82. Color woodcut, "Young Girl" (1916) (acc.# 48.041)
83. Pastel/crayon, "At the Bath" (mid 19th-early 20th c.) (acc.# 13.887)
84. Watercolor, "Old Willow" (acc.# 2001.76.42)
85. Terracotta pitcher (ca. 1890)  (acc.# EL010.95)
86. Lithograph, poster, "Your Country Needs Your Brain and Muscle for Labor's Drive (acc.# INV2006.456)
87. Lithograph, poster (acc.# INV2006.458.1-INV2006.458.4)

Rhode Island State House, Providence:
1. Oil portrait, "Rosewell B. Burchard"

Rhode Island Watercolor Society:
1. Watercolor, "Portrait of Gertrude Parmelee Cady" (ca.1896)
2. Watercolor [untitled]

Unveiled: a directory and guide to 19th century born artists active in Rhode Island, and where to find their work in publicly accessible Rhode Island collections
by Elinor L. Nacheman

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Sidney Richmond Burleigh (1853-1931) was born in the coastal town of Little Compton, Rhode Island.  After studying in Paris, he returned to Rhode Island and became a prolific painter.  He was a founder of the Providence Art Club (1880-1929) and served as the first president of the Providence Watercolor Club (1896). Although he also worked in oils, he is best known for his outstanding work in watercolor, which he taught at Rhode Island School of Design from 1897-1906.

He exhibited during the late 19th- and early 20th century at the Boston Art Club as well as the National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Newport Art Museum.  In 1885 he built the "Fleur de Lys" arts & crafts building on Thomas Street to be used as studios for artists.

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Biography from Roger King Fine Art, A - G:
Painter, illustrator, craftsman, and architect, Sydney Burleigh was a colorful and prominent figure in Rhode Island art circles.  He was born in Little Compton, which he frequently painted, and spent much of his career in Providence.  He was a craftsman for the Providence manufacturing company Browne and Sharpe from 1873 until 1876, when he established his own studio.

Around 1878 he traveled to Europe, studying painting in Paris with Jean-Paul Laurens and traveling throughout the continent and working briefly in Italy.  Burleigh returned to Providence in 1880, becoming involved with the newly-established Providence Art Club and Rhode Island School of Design, where he became a member of the Board of Directors and a teacher of watercolor painting.  In 1885 he built the flamboyant Fleur-de-Lys studio on Thomas Street on the slope of Providence's historic College Hill.  The medieval-inspired, half-timbered-and-stucco building with exuberant bas-relief panels executed by Burleigh was the first structure created expressly for artists' studios, a revolutionary concept in its day.  Based on structures he had seen in Chester, England, it is today recognized as an architectural landmark of the Arts and Crafts movement in America.

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