Ebenezer Stanley Burchett

Ebenezer Stanley Burchett

Brighton, Brighton and Hove Unitary Authority, East Sussex, England
Death 20 Mar 1916 (aged 78)
Portsmouth, Portsmouth Unitary Authority, Hampshire, England
Burial Portsmouth, Portsmouth Unitary Authority, Hampshire, England
Plot Plot (A), Row 1, Grave 38. Catholic
Memorial ID 111918227 · View Source
Suggest Edits

The late Mr. Ebenezer Stanley Burchett and Ravenscourt Park by F.W. Hayes, A.R.C.A., F.R.C.S.

(The article contained a lengthy discussion of Ravenscourt Park, which involved Ebenezer Burchett. What follows is the obituary portion.)

It is said that the world knows nothing of its greatest men; and probably very few people in Hammersmith, outside Mr. Ebenezer Burchett's circle of personal friends, were aware that he was a man whose reputation extended to all English-speaking countries. His many years Headmastership of the Bedford Park School of Arts & Crafts which was built expressly for him and which he carried on practically gratuitously, partly coincided with a connection of more than half a century with Department of Science and Art at South Kensington, which was probably unexampled. Entering the Royal Schools of Art in 1848, under his famous father, the then headmaster, he was appointed in 1864 to the Lectureship of Geometry & Perspective which he continued to hold (with the additional appointment in 1893 of Chief Examiner in Perspective) until the department was absorbed into the new Board of Education in 1900. During this long term of office, after an early recognition as the first authority on Plane Geometry in the Kingdom (his work on Plane Geometry published in 1876, still holding its own as an authoritative text book amongst teachers), he became the first exponent of Advanced Perspective in the world, discovering, developing and teaching successively the previously unknown branches of the Perspective of Oblique Planes, of Cast Shadows, and of Reflections. In view of the period of 36 years during which he taught his discoveries and developments in the advanced stages of the science to students (many of them coming from the United States for the purpose of benefiting by his instructions), who subsequently became "Art Masters" and "Art Teachers" under the Department and elsewhere, it is no exaggeration to claim for Mr. Burchett that practically the present teaching of Advanced Perspective throughout the Empire and the United States is based upon his Lectures at South Kensington between 1864 and 1900. As an Organiser of Art Schools and Art courses throughout the country in the early days of the "Dept." as it was then called by two generations of Masters and students, he was considered to be without rival, and it would be difficult to over estimate the influence which his multifarious energies in the sphere of art and art-crafts must have exercised upon the culture and mental equipment of the art world of today. Besides many years of successful teaching at other educational centers besides his Art schools, notably St. Mark's College and at Haileybury, he did yeoman service in numberless minor phases of activity amongst them the Volunteer movement, the work of the Brompton Little Oratory, horticulture, every kind of bench work, the rearing of singing-birds, half a dozen forms of athletics, and last but not least a quarter of a century of deep interest and practical share, in the propaganda of the Fabian Society. To those who enjoyed the privilege of his friendship or society, he was the living embodiment of the injunction "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might"; and there was an element not merely of pathos but of tragedy in the circumstance that in the last years of his life, while retaining his mental faculties almost unimpaired, infirmity and defective eyesight deprived him of all his active occupations and of the resources of reading.

-- West London Observer, March 24, 1916


No marker. Body brought from Nazareth House. No other family members buried there.

Family Members

Gravesite Details No marker, picture shows the spot



  • Created by: Greg Volk
  • Added: 7 Jun 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 111918227
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ebenezer Stanley Burchett (26 May 1837–20 Mar 1916), Find a Grave Memorial no. 111918227, citing Highland Road Cemetery, Portsmouth, Portsmouth Unitary Authority, Hampshire, England ; Maintained by Greg Volk (contributor 48138686) .