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March 20, 1836, Paris – July 26, 1919, London
Sir Edward John Poynter, 1st Baronet was an English painter, designer, and draughtsman who served as President of the Royal Academy.
He became best known for his large historical paintings such as Israel in Egypt (1867), followed by St. George for England (1869), a mosaic for the Central Lobby of the Palace of Westminster, the Visit of the Queen of Sheba (1871–75) and King Solomon (1890).
Poynter held a number of official posts: the first Slade Professor at University College London, principal of the National Art Training School and director of the National Gallery (overseeing the opening of the Tate Gallery ). He became a Royal Academician and President of the Royal Academy. He received a knighthood in the same year and an honorary degree from Cambridge University. He was made a baronet in 1902.