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 Nathan Cooper Branwhite  (c. 1775 - 1857)

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Lived/Active: United Kingdom      Known for: Portrait, miniature painting, engraving

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Nathan Cooper Branwhite
Portrait of George Weare Braikenridge (1775-1856) c.1832
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Nathan Cooper Branwhite (c.1775-1857)

Born at St. Alban's, Hertfordshire about 1775, eldest son of Peregine Branwhite, a poet, and his wife Sarah née Brooke.  Studied under Isaac Taylor (1759-1829) at Lavenham, Suffolk.  An English miniature portrait painter, watercolourist and engraver who exhibited engravings, miniatures and small portraits at the Royal Academy 1802-1828 from Bristol.  A gifted artist who was a member of the Bristol School of artists who painted his sitters with considerable vitality and character and Bristol's leading miniature portrait painter in the 1820s.

He participated in the sketching activities of the Bristol School and was a friend of artist Edward Bird (1772-1819) and James Johnson (1803-1834).  In 1824 one of the organizers of the first exhibition of local artists at the new Bristol Institution.  In 1832 he exhibited a number of works at the first exhibition of the newly formed Bristol Society of Artists, also at the Bristol Institution.

Branwhite died at Clifton, Bristol on 18 March 1857.  By his wife Hannah he had at least four children and sons Nathan (1813-1894) and Charles (1817-1880) were both artists.

Information provided by Tony Copsey, researcher of artists in Suffolk County, England

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