Vincent BALFOUR BROWNE 1880 - 1963
Vincent Balfour-Browne was born in Dumfries, and despite studying in Oxford remained close to his Scottish heritage. Well known as a sporting and wildlife artist, he was a keen deer stalker, which undoubtedly fed into his artworks. The emphasis on the tracks in the snow visible in April Snow suggest the a man accustomed to carefully observing the landscape around him, as do the subtly painted variations of light and shade cast by the trees lining the path.
Balfour-Browne contributed to many sporting books, including illustrations for Game Bag and Creel, published in 1927. Among his influences was the work of Stanhope Alexander Forbes, a realist painter well known for his images of village life. Balfour-Browne was also a pupil and friend of the wildlife artist and naturalist George Lodge, who also created illustrations for publications. Balfour-Browne also exhibited many times with the Fine Art Society between 1907 and 1931.