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 both dress and richly decorated interiors.
Around 1875 - 1876, Kilburne travelled around Italy, spending 3 months painting in Rome as well as undertaking work in Venice.
For the purposes of sketching, he travelled England and Wales, as well as undertaking trips to Switzerland and Normandy, France.
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 due to the attention to detail for minute work.
Oil on canvas