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John Burnet

Checkers artist John Burnet 1784 to 1868 from Fisherrow, Scotland.

Etching by artist Burnet
Etching art by artist Burnet.
Modern Restrike by artist John Burnet
Modern Restrike by
artist John Burnet.
Playing at Draughts and Checkers 1860
  • Game of checkers artist John Burnet was a Scottish painter and engraver, who was apprenticed as a young novice to the engraver, Robert Scott.

  • Later artist John Burnet trained at the Trustees Academy under David Wilkie and then moved from Edinburgh to London in 1806, where he became established as a painter of portraits, landscapes and rural genre scenes that depicted daily activities and routine events of life.

  • The seven commemorative oil sketches for a representation of the Battle of Trafalgar, dated 1835, were some of Burnet's best work.

  • These artistic creations reveal a spontaneity and immediacy in the fluid handling of the brushstrokes, that was lacking in the final work on the same theme, painted as a pendant to Wilkie’s ‘Chelsea Pensioners reading the Waterloo Dispatch’ for the Duke of Wellington.

  • Artist John Burnet developed strong skills as an engraver and created illustrations for some editions of Robert Burns’ poems and also the ‘Waverley’ novels of Sir Walter Scott.

  • Working from a fine watercolor copy by S. P. Denning, John engraved the artist’s ‘Greenwich Pensioners’ painting.

  • The scene depicted in his engraving ‘Playing at Draughts’ or checkers and created in a traditional triangular composition, showed a typical moment in a cheerful game of checkers between two men sitting in a courtyard; the possible winner wears a big grin as his opponent laments over the checkerboard and the female looks on in the background, also amused; the cozy scene was complemented by the dog lying at the man’s feet; the viewer’s attention was drawn to the man by a beam of sunlight highlighting the grinning checkers player and the checkers game board.

  • The Victorian engraving can now be recreated in a re strike etching that is printed from the original plates and then hand colored by skilled artists to create a high quality print, as is seen in the copy above.

  • Artist John Burnet combined his artistic talent with writing manuals and books on drawing, painting and other artists and his contribution to the arts was recognized with the award of a fellowship to the Royal Society.

  • The gifted engraver retired from public life in 1860 some time after he completed the checkers engraving. Checkers artist John Burnet died in Stoke Newington, London on April 29, 1868.








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Wonder Mugs Play checkers online, and enjoy drinking from this cool wonder mug.
When adding hot liquid, the colors of the mug will change, checkers cool.

Checkers is a two-player game, where one player is assigned white-chip checkers and the other red. The aim is to play checkers online, capture all of the other player's checkers or make them impossible to move.

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