CULLIN, Isaac James

1859 - 1942

Born in New York, U.S.A., in 1859, son of Irish born James R. Cullen, and his English wife Anna. In 1860, living at 3rd District, 15th Ward, New York, 36 year old James and 26 year old Anna, with their three children, Anna 5, William 3 and Isaac 1. Isaac Cullin commenced his 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 racehorses and watercolours of races and numerous other equestrian events. Early examples of his work include 'Saddling Room, Newmarket' and 'Weighing-In Room, Epsom', which was also produced as an engraving. In 1883 he collaborated with J. A. Wheeler to paint 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 Fulham, London in 1942 and his wife died at Cambridge in the same year.

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