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Valentine Cameron Prinsep RA (Calcutta 14 Feb. 1838 – 11 Nov. 1904 London) was a British painter of the Pre-Raphaelite school. He is often known as Val Prinsep.
Born in Calcutta, India, his parents were Henry Thoby Prinsep, for 16 years a member of the Council of India, and Sarah Monckton Pattle, sister of pioneering photographer Julia Margaret Cameron (née Pattle) and Maria Jackson (née Pattle), grandmother of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell. Henry and Sarah had settled at Little Holland House and made it a centre of artistic society.
Prinsep was an intimate friend of G. F. Watts, under whom his son first studied. He went out with Watts in 1856–57 to watch Sir Charles Newton's excavation of Halicarnassus. After studying under Watts he proceeded to Marc-Charles-Gabriel Gleyre's atelier in Paris. There Whistler, Poynter, and du Maurier were among his fellow students, and he sat unconsciously as a model for Taffy in du Maurier's novel Trilby. From Paris, Prinsep passed to Italy. With Burne-Jones he visited Siena and there he made the acquaintance of Robert Browning, of whom he saw much in Rome during the winter of 1859–60.
He was an intimate friend of John Everett Millais and of Edward Burne-Jones, with whom he travelled in Italy. He had a share with Rossetti and others in the decoration of the hall of the Oxford Union. With other members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, he taught at the Working Men's College during the mid-19th century.
...Prinsep died at Holland Park, west London in 1904, and is buried in Brompton Cemetery, London.
He is buried with his wife Florence.
The highly distinctive Roman style monument lies on the western path between the north entrance and the central buildings.... (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine_Cameron_Prinsep)