Poynter was an EnglishAcademic painter, designer, and draughtsman working in the neoclassical style,
which he adopted after his studies in Italy and France. He was a
leading figure in English art of the time, elected president of the
Royal Academy (after the death of Millais), and his large-canvas paintings such as Israel in Egypt and
Visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon were popular successes.