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American, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 12 September 1873, in North Attleboro (Massachusetts).


Robert Churchill Vose lived and worked in Boston. He was an art collector and painter.


British, 18th century, male.

Born 24 September 1717; died 2 March 1797, in London.

Draughtsman, collector, writer.

Horace or Horacion Walpole was a pupil of Bernard Lens.


Chinese, 20th century, male.

Active in the USA from 1947.

Born 14 February 1907; died 2003.

Painter. Landscapes, flowers.

Wang Jiqian was a collector of literati paintings and Song and Yuan dynasty landscapes. In 1973 he presented part of his major collection to the Metropolitan Museum in New York. He was also a painter and calligrapher in his own right and a careful observer of the passage of the seasons on plants. In ...


Wang Wu  

Chinese, 17th century, male.

Born 1632, in Suzhou (Jiangsu); died 1690.

Painter. Landscapes, animals, flowers.

Wang Wu was an expert and a collector who painted flowers, birds, insects and landscapes. He was very much admired by Wang Shimin (1592-1680).

London (British Mus.): Two Pheasants and Two White Birds near a Tree in Flower...


Chinese, 12th century, male.

Active at the end of the 12th century.


Wanyan Tao was a cousin of the Jin emperor Zhangzong (1190-1208). He was the Duke of Miguo and was known as a scholar, collector and painter.


American, 20th century, male.

Born 6 August 1928, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; died 22 February 1987, in New York.

Painter, draughtsman, printmaker, illustrator, photographer, filmmaker, writer, collector. Figures, portraits, still lifes.

Pop art, Copy art.

Andy Warhol was the son of Slovak immigrants who settled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the 1920s. His father, a miner, died in 1942 after three years of illness, and his mother only spoke broken English. Despite his very humble origins, he graduated from the Institute of Applied Arts in Pittsburgh in 1949 and went to New York. There he enjoyed a successful career as an advertising artist and a poster artist. He also produced drawings of shoes for the magazine ...


Chinese, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1766, in Xiushui (Zhejiang); died 1852.


Wen Ding was an expert, a collector and a painter. He painted landscapes, pine trees and stones in the style of Wen Zhengming (1470-1559).


Dutch, 18th century, male.

Died before 1789.

Engraver (etching), draughtsman.

Willem van Wessem was a pupil of Bernhard Schreuder and worked in Amsterdam. He was an etcher and made drawings for burin engravings. He was also a collector.


Austrian, 19th century, male.

Born 1811; died 22 August 1874, in Vienna.

Painter, watercolourist, copyist, art restorer, collector. Architectural views.

Wiesböck was the pupil of Waldmüller, exhibiting in Vienna in 1850.

Vienna (Kunsthistorisches Mus.): The Old Church of St Peter (oil on canvas); ...


Dutch, 17th – 18th century, male.

Born 1641, in Amsterdam; died 10 August 1717, in Amsterdam.

Painter, engraver (etching), collector, art writer. Landscapes, winter landscapes.

Nicolaes Cornelisz. Witsen was mayor of Amsterdam and painted winter landscapes in the style of Pieter Bruegel.


British, 19th century, male.

Born 26 April 1814, in London; died 26 March 1899, in Chislehurst.


George Wollaston was a collector of ferns and lived at Bishop's Well, Chislehurst, in Kent.


Chinese, 19th century, male.

Born 1835, in Jiangsu; died 1902.

Painter, draughtsman, calligrapher. Landscapes.

Wu Dacheng was a painter, calligrapher, archaeologist and collector and a pupil of Tao-Shaoyuan.

New York, 2 June 1988: Landscape in the Style of Huang He Shanqiao (ink on paper...


Chinese, 17th century, male.

Born 1597, in Jiaxing (Zhejiang); died 1656 or 1658.


Xiang Shengmo was the grandson of the painter and famous collector Xiang Yuanbian (1525-1602). Like several artists of the end of the Ming period, he followed the theories of Dong Qichang (...


Chinese, 16th century, male.

Born 1525, in Jiaxing (Zhejiang); died 1590, or 1602.


Xiang Yuanbian was a well-known expert and collector. He also painted landscapes in the style of the Yuan masters, as well as plum blossom, orchids, bamboos and stones.

Beijing (Palace Mus.): ...


Chinese, 15th century, male.

Born 1423, in Jiashan, now Ningbo (Zhejiang); died 1495.

Painter, calligrapher, poet.

Yao Shou was the son of Yao Fu, a collector of calligraphy and paintings. He passed the national triennial examinations with the grade jinshi (accepted scholar) in the reign of Emperor Tanshun (...


Australian, 20th century, male.

Born 1903; died 1976.

Painter. Figures.

Yirawala lived for many years at the Croker Island Mission, where collectors and ethnologists travelled to buy his work for museums and collections. Using ochre on a kind of papyrus, he depicted schematic figures in a typically ornamental style, and is considered one of the most remarkable painters on bark in west Arnhem Land. His figures represent the spirits of those who have departed, the ancestors. The exact sacred meaning of these paintings must escape us, but the mystery of their inventive richness and form challenges the onlooker....


Swiss, 20th century, male.

Born 2 January 1895, in Montreux.

Painter, architect, art writer. Landscapes.

Edmond Henri Zeiger de Baugy was the son of the art collector Charles Zeiger (1986-1927) and a close relative of the painters Aloys Hugonnet (1879-1938) and Alfred Chabloz (...


Chinese, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1768, in Jiaxing (Zhejiang); died 1848.

Painter, draughtsman, calligrapher.

Zhang Tingji was also a famous collector of paintings and antiques.

New York, 25 Nov 1991: Calligraphy (ink on paper, two stanzas in seal script, 36¼ × 7¾ ins/92.1 × 19.7 cm) ...


Chinese, 9th century, male.

Born c. 810; died c. 880.

Art critic, art historian, collector.

The scion of an illustrious line of officials, Zhang Yanyuan probably took his first steps as an art historian in his family’s own rich collections. He wrote a monumental work of art history, the ...


Chinese, 12th century, male.

Born 1168; died 1208.

Painter. Figures.

Zhangzong was a Jin emperor who reigned from 1190 to 1208. He was also a painter, patron and collector.