Matthew Ridley Corbet

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Matthew Ridley Corbet
Matthew Ridley Corbet by John McLure Hamilton.jpg
Matthew Ridley Corbet, by John McLure Hamilton (1893)
Born (1850-05-20)20 May 1850
Died 25 June 1902(1902-06-25) (aged 52)
Nationality British
Known for Oil landscape
Spouse(s) Edith Corbet
Etruscan Scene: The Carrara Mountains, Italy, c. 1890
Evening, 1893

Matthew Ridley Corbet ARA (20 May 1850 –– 25 June 1902) was a Victorian neoclassical painter.[1]


Corbet was born on 20 May 1850 at South Willingham, Lincolnshire, was son of the Rev. Andrew Corbet and Marianne Ridley. He was educated at Cheltenham College. [2]

He attended classes at the Slade School of Art under Alexander Davis Cooper and later at the Royal Academy Schools under Frederic Leighton, President of the Academy. Corbet went to Italy in 1880 and met Giovanni Costa, one of Leighton's friends in Rome. For the next three years he stayed and painted with Costa, eventually becoming one of the leading figures of the Macchiaioli school.

He concentrated on Italian landscapes and exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery, the New Gallery, the Royal Academy and the Paris Salon.

His Sunrise gained a bronze medal at the Paris Exhibition of 1889; and his Morning Glory (1894) and Val d'Arno Evening (1901), bought under the terms of the Chantrey Bequest, are now in the Tate Gallery.[2]

He died of pneumonia at his residence in St John's Wood on 25 June 1902.[3]


In 1891 Corbet married Edith Murch (née Edenborough).[4]


  1. ^ Matthew Ridley Corbet (1850-1902) (The Corbett One Name Study).
  2. ^ a b Rolleston 1912.
  3. ^ "Obituary - Mr. Ridley Corbett, ARA". The Times (36805). London. 27 June 1902. p. 4. 
  4. ^ Leicester Galleries

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainRolleston, Humphry Davy (1912). "Corbet, Matthew Ridley". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography, 1912 supplement​. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 416. 

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