ROBERT BATTY (1789-1848)  

'Street in Fontarabia' (1823)



Robert Batty (5 August 1789 in London 20 November 1848 in Ampthill Square, London) was an English army officer and artist. He was born 1789, the son of Dr. Batty of Hastings and started to study medicine at Caius College, Cambridge, being awarded an M.B. in 1813. He left his studies to join the Grenadier Guards (then the 1st Foot Guards), with whom he served in the campaign of the Western Pyrenees and at Waterloo, where he was wounded and wrote an account of the Battle of Waterloo in a series of letters. He later published an illustrated account of his experiences and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1822.

He was an amateur artist of considerable merit and from 1822 to 1833 travelled the continent drawing and painting. He published in 1822 French Scenery; in 1823 German Scenery and Welsh Scenery; in 1826 Scenery of the Rhine, Belgium, and Holland all of which have been much esteemed; in 1828 Hanoverian, Saxon, and Danish Scenery; and in 1832 Select Views of the principal Cities of Europe. These were published during his period of service. Between 1825 and 1832 he periodically exhibited at the Royal Academy. He suffered from paralysis and died in London in 1848, painting until a few weeks before his death.


'Fontarabia and the Mountain of Jaysquibel from Andaye' (1823)



'Fontarabia' (1823)