Bertram Priestman was a landscape, coastal, cattle and portrait painter.
Priestman studied at the Slade School of Art. He travelled widely on the continent, particularly in Holland and France where he painted many of his pictures. He specialised in scenes of cattle and pastoral life, as well as in landscapes and coastal images, for example, In Dock for Repairs (1890), Ebb-Tide (1898) and The River Meadow (1900).
Priestman was an active exhibitor, showing from 1889 in London at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Society of British Artists, Grosvenor Gallery, New Gallery, Agnew and Sons Gallery, Brook Street Art Gallery, Baillie Gallery, Fine Art Society, Goupil Gallery and International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, a society that formed with JW as its President in 1898. He also exhibited at the Royal Society of Artists in Birmingham, Royal Hibernian Society, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and Manchester City Art Gallery.
In 1894 Priestman was elected a member of the Society of British Artists, a society which had had JW as its President from 1886 to 1888. In 1896 he joined the New English Art Club and in 1910 the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. He became an associate of the ISSPG in 1900 and of the Royal Academy in 1916, being elected a full member of the latter in 1923.
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