BURNETT, Cecil Ross

1872 - 1933

Cecil Ross Burnett

Cecil Ross Burnett was born at Grosvenor House, Fairfield Row, Charlton next Woolwich, Kent on 27 April 1872 and baptised at St Luke's Charlton, Medway, Kent on 22 December 1872, second son of William Charles Burnett (1843-3 January 1922), a banker's clerk, and his wife Leonora Elizabeth née Dane (1849-15 March 1933), who married at St Paul's, Covent Garden, London in 1870. Cecil studied at Blackheath School of Art from 1888 and at Westminster School of Art, and in 1892 entered the Royal Academy Schools. In 1895, he obtained a Turner gold medal and scholarship for landscape painting at the Royal Academy schools’ prizegiving. In 1898, he founded the Sidcup School of Art, where he was Headmaster for many years. He married at Kensington, London in 1903, Alice Theresa Allenberg, who was at born Cape Colony, now South Africa, and in 1911 a 38-year-old artist living at 4 Grotes Place, Blackheath, Lewisham, London with his 34-year-old wife Alice, with their two children, Brenda Edith 6 and newly born Michael Ross, both born at Blackheath. Cecil painted rural landscapes and scenes, many of his landscapes were of areas around Amberley, Sussex where he owned a cottage. A member of the New Society of Painters in Water Colours now the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and in 1907 he joined the Langham Sketching Club and was also a member of the Pencil Society. Burnett is listed as an exhibitor at the Ipswich Fine Art Society in 1923 from 4 Grotes Place, Blackheath, London SE3, but none of his exhibits seem to be listed in that year. He also exhibited at the Royal Academy 1898-1929 and at various other galleries. Cecil Ross Burnett died at 4 Grotes Place, Blackheath on 6 December 1933, being survived by his wife. A portrait of Burnett by Mabel Oliver can be seen at the National Portrait Gallery. He signed his work 'C. Ross Burnett'.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from 149 Tachbrook Street, Pimlico, Southwest London
1898 778 Portrait of a Lady
         813 Early Primroses
from 4 Grotes Place, Blackheath, Southeast London
1905 311 Golden Days
1906 812 Early Morning in the Marshes
1912 34 Ploughing: Sussex
         91 The Farm Lane
1913 373 September Evening: Sussex
1914 475 Landscape: Sussex
1915 764 Hilda
         854 The Road to the Village
1920 24 Surgeon-Capt. P.W. Bassett-Smith, R.N.
1921 480 Still Evening
1922 630 Brenda
1929 448 Farmyard, Amberley, Surrey

Works by This Artist