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(b Paris, 20 Mar. 1836; d London, 26 July 1919). English painter and administrator, son of the architect Ambrose Poynter, and great-grandson of the sculptor Thomas Banks. He formed his academic style in Italy (1853–4), where he met Frederic Leighton and admired Michelangelo above all other artists, and in Paris (1856–9), where he studied with Gleyre. His reputation was made with the huge Israel in Egypt (1867, Guildhall AG, London) and he became one of the most popular painters of the day with similar elaborate historical tableaux in which he displayed his great prowess as a draughtsman (The Catapult, 1868, Laing AG, Newcastle upon Tyne).

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)