CULLIN, Isaac James

1859 - 1942

Isaac James Cullin, was born at E.D. 6, Ward 15, New York City, U.S.A., in 1859, son of Irish born James R. Cullin (born c.1825), and his English wife Hannah née Powell (born c.1830). In 1860, living at 3rd District, 15th Ward, New York, 36 year old James and 26 year old Hannah, with their three children, Anna 5, William 3 and Isaac 1. Isaac stared his art career as a portrait painter, but his interest in horses and his artistic skill led him to concentrate on equestrian portraiture and from 1881 painted mostly racehorses and watercolours of races and numerous other equestrian events. Early examples of his work include 'The Lawn at Goodwood', 'Saddling Room, Newmarket' and 'Weighing-In Room, Epsom', which was also produced as an engraving. In 1883 he collaborated with John Alfred Wheeler (1821-1903) in painting that year's Grand National winner and he later went on to produce sporting illustrations for 'The Illustrated London News'. Isaac married at St George's Hanover Square, London in 1890, Fanny [Frances] née Albrecht (1868-1942), who was born at Bordeaux, France. By 1901, he was living at Newmarket, Suffolk and in 1911 was a 52 year old artist living at Sandiver House, St Mary's Square, Newmarket with his 43 year old wife Fanny and three children, two sons James 20 and William 17, both born at Fulham, London and 14 year old daughter Hannah, born at Kensington. Cullin's talent lies in his splendid portrayal of both people and horses in action. His horses are painted strongly, accurately and almost photographically, such is the attention paid to detail in every movement. He died at the British Home & Hospital for the Incurables, Crown Lane, Streatham, London on 21 March 1942, and his wife died at Cambridge in the same year.

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