Matthew Ridley CORBET 1850–1902
Portrait and landscape painter. Born 20 May 1850 in South Willingham, Lincolnshire. Studied art under Davis Cooper, then at the newly opened Slade School 1868 and later at the R.A. Schools. He was much influenced by G. F. Watts until, in 1880, he went for three years to Italy, where he studied under Giovanni Costa in Rome and gave up portrait painting for landscape (mainly views of Italy) and occasional figure subjects. Exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery from 1871, at the R.A. 1875–92 and at the New Gallery, R.W.S. and the Paris Salon 1892–7. A.R.A. 1901. He married the painter Edith Ellenborough in 1891. Died in St John's Wood, London, 25 June 1902.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I