Edward Francis Burney (1760-1848) enrolled in the Royal Academy School in 1776, and
was encouraged in his career by its President, Joshua Reynolds. He produced many
book illustrations, including Milton's Paradise Lost, as well as some portraits.
His brother was Thomas Frederick Burney, a genius for pen-and-ink drawings. He died
in 1785 at the age of 20.
Both Edward and Thomas were born and brought up in Worcester,
where their father was in charge of a school of dancing and music. They lived at
Barbourne Lodge in Claines, with their three brothers and three sisters.
family were prominent in the arts, including their uncle who was the musicologist
Charles Burney, and their cousin the novelist Fanny Burney. Edward illustrated his
cousin's work, Evelina. Their brother Charles Rousseau Burney was a well-known performer
on the harpsichord who appeared at the Worcester Festival in 1767.
The Burney watercolours
and drawings, which were intended as additions to the Plates in Dr Nash's “History
of Worcestershire” in 1784, included one of Claines Church, shown below.