Alfred de Breanski Senior was born in London 1852 and was the eldest son of Leopold Breanski. In 1873, he married Annie Roberts. They had seven children, two of which, Alfred Fontville and Arthur, were to become respected painters. For much of his life he lived in Greenwich and Cookham and in 1880 he became a Freeman of the City of London.
He was a highly regarded landscape painter of his day, famous for his views of Wales and the Scotland, particular highland lochs and mountain views at sunset. To this day, Breanski’s paintings feature in many fine art institutes and private collections around the world.
He exhibited at The Royal Academy between 1872-1918, and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Royal Cambrian Academy, the Royal Society of British Artists Suffolk Street and the New Watercolour Society.