George Goodwin Kilburne was a London genre painter, watercolourist and engraver, born on 24 July 1839 in Norfolk. He studied wood engraving for five years with the Dalziel brothers in London, the engravers and illustrators. His first wife was the daughter of Robert Dalziel. He abandoned wood engraving in favour of painting, working occasionally in oil, but most of his work was in watercolour.
Kilburne produced many delightful scenes of Victorian life; indoors, in gardens and set in landscapes. Like many other of his contemporaries he also catered for that almost limitless appetite for scenes in eighteenth century Regency dress. His images of the ultra-fashionable female beauty are exquisitely portrayed. His depiction of this beauty was heightened by dress, a treatment which concentrated heavily on setting and rich decoration.
Kilburne began exhibiting at the Royal Academy in 1863 and was elected a member of the New Watercolour Society in 1866. He exhibited at the Royal Academy (1863 – 1918), Suffolk Street, New Watercolour Society, the Grosvenor Gallery and elsewhere. Many of his pictures became popular through prints. His work can be seen in the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and the Sheffield Art Gallery.