Walter Osborne

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From the ancient Book of Kells to modern post-industrial, Ireland's art scene is both rich and varied.


Walter Osborne was born in 1859. He painted mainly in the French Brittany region of Quimperlé but moved to England in 1884.

His paintings of rural scenes that dominated his early years gradually gave way to an 'impressionistic' interpretation of those subjects that he had great empathy for, namely women, small children and old people.

His superb images of young girls at play are still cherished by the National Gallery of Ireland: The Dolls School, The House Builders.

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