Sir Frederic William Burton RHA was an Irish painter born in Co. Wicklow on 8 April 1816, the third son of Samuel Frederick Burton and his wife Hanna Mallett. The old Burton seat was Clifden, Corofin, Co.Clare, which was built around the middle of the eighteenth century. The artist's grandparents were Major Edward William Burton, Clifden, who was High Sherriff of Clare in 1799, and his wife, Jane Blood of nearby Roxton. Sir Frederick was the third director of the National Gallery, London.
April 8, 1816 – March 16, 1900