Bertram Priestman was a British painter. Born in Bradford in 1868, Preistman initially studied engineering at the Bradford Technical College before deciding to move to London to attend the Slade School of Art in 1888. Priestman first exhibited with the Royal Academy in 1889 at the age of just 21. In the years to follow, the artist participated in several exhibitions with the New English Art Club and the Goupil Galleries in London to great acclaim.
Priestman is perhaps best known as a landscape painter, though he explored seascapes frequently throughout his career and was an accomplished portraitist. The artist’s most enduring works are those which capture the light and life of the lush English countryside; his early career was marked with the great celebration of his paintings of cattle and animals which inhabited his beloved pastoral environments. Priestman’s paintings of the moors of his native Yorkshire are among his most recognisable and successful works. The artist travelled frequently throughout Europe, and worked for some time in France and the Netherlands depicting panoramic vistas of vibrant rural scenes.
Priestman was elected Royal Academician in 1923. He was also a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Royal Society of British Artists. The artist died in 1951. His work remains in several eminent regional collections throughout Britain and in the national collections of Canada and Ireland.