The Departure, 1905
Kilburne’s paintings frequently portrayed the upper classes and included beautiful, highly fashionable females in late 18th (and early 19th) century opulent settings.
Considered as traditional during this period, Kilburne gave great attention to detail with dress, and richly decorated interiors.
During the latter part of the 19th century, Kilburne created a large number of Christmas and greetings cards for companies of the time.
He suffered a serious attack of gout in his eyes as a result of the attention to detail required for minute work.
In London, Kilburne exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1863 and 1918, at the Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal Miniature Society, amongst others. His work can now be seen in a number of public and private galleries, such as Manchester City Art Gallery.
Oil on canvas