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Peter Walch

Scottish painter and illustrator. In 1755 he was apprenticed to Robert Foulis, a printer who, with his brother Andrew Foulis, founded the Foulis Academy, Glasgow, at which Allan was a student until 1764. Allan’s association with the Foulis brothers was long and fruitful; several of his sets of illustrations in the 1780s were for books published by the brothers. In the mid-1760s ...


M.-E. Hellyer

French draughtsman and painter. Most of the biographical information about him comes from the writings of his friend, the painter Jean-Antoine Julien, who established in his autobiography that Ango was already in Rome in November 1760; he also described Ango as a painter, although only drawings by him survive. In ...


French, 18th century, male.

Active in Bordeaux in 1742.

Died after 1766.

Painter, draughtsman.

He is known to have painted portraits of all the jurors in the town, and is regarded as a skilled graphic artist. Some of his sketches of Bordeaux have survived.


The eldest daughter of Charles Spencer, 3rd Duke of Marlborough, she married the 2nd Lord Bolingbroke in 1757. They divorced in 1768, and two days later she married the scholar and man of fashion Topham Beauclerk. Her work as an illustrator included Horace Walpole’s Mysterious Mother...


British, 18th – 19th century, male.

Active in the USA fromc.1795.

Born 1748 or 1750, in Elford, Staffordshire; died 1812, in Lexington, Kentucky.

Painter. Landscapes, topographical views, portraits.

The son of a Staffordshire farmer, George Beck was largely self-taught. Tuberculosis cut short his ambitions of a career in the Church and circumstances contrived to provide an opportunity for him to work as a draughtsman for the Royal Engineers. His job was to draw military plans and maps at the Tower of London....


He was taught by his father, the sculptor and painter Josef Bergler the elder (1718–88), and, during his stay in Italy, by Martin Knoller in Milan and Anton von Maron in Rome. An accomplished portrait painter, he was employed as official painter by bishops and cardinals at Passau and painted a number of altarpieces in Austria and especially in Bohemia. He helped establish the ...


Swiss, 17th – 18th century, male.

Born 1652, in Bern; died 1724.


Samuel Bodmer was a surveyor and drew many geographical maps


Stephen Addiss

Japanese painter, poet, calligrapher and book illustrator. The son of an Edo merchant, he studied calligraphy from a very early age under the noted Chinese-style calligrapher Mitsui Shinna (1700–82). He also received a Confucian education, unusual at that time for a merchant’s son. From about ...


Swiss, 18th century, male.

Born 1705, in Basel; died 1775, in Basel.

Watercolourist, draughtsman, illustrator. Topographical views.

From his youth, Emmanuel Büchel made pen-and-ink drawings and gouache paintings of Swiss flora and fauna. He provided illustrations for Bruckner's Wonders of the City of Basel and, from ...


Geoffrey Ashton

English painter and illustrator. He studied at the Royal Academy Schools, London, from 1777. The work of James Barry and Henry Fuseli was an influence on his style, which often strained unsuccessfully towards heroic effects, but a more mundane technical proficiency was gained from copying portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds. There are several accomplished versions of ...