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American, 19th–20th century, male.

Born 1 January 1864, in Hoboken, New Jersey; died 13 July 1946, in New York City.

Photographer, writer, editor, gallery owner, collector. Cityscapes, landscapes, portraits.

Pictorialism, Modernism. The Linked Ring, Photo-Secession

Alfred Stieglitz was the eldest of six children and attended New York schools before moving to Germany in 1881. There Stieglitz studied photography with photo-chemist Hermann Vogel beginning in 1883. Returning to New York in 1890, Stieglitz joined the Society of Amateur Photographers and became increasingly involved with Pictorialism. Often characterized by a soft-focus, painterly quality, the Pictorialist aesthetic appears in his pictures from this period, such as ...

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Chinese, 16th – 17th century, male.

Born 1532, in Huating (Jiangsu); died 1610.

Painter.

Sun Kehong was a scholarly figure, a collector and a lover of ancient things. He was one of a group of painters of the school of Huating, the city where he was born. These artists worked in a softer, more lyrical style than Shen Zhou (...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 11 June 1953.

Painter, collage artist.

Michel Tabanou is primarily a collector, a painter whose work is based on accumulation, amassing a huge technical and physical repertory of material to create clever and unusual collages based on disparate elements such as decals, print-outs and original graphics. His images are abstract but also contrive to suggest a mixture of masts and rigging set in the context of an abandoned harbour or a deserted breaker's yard. This initial image is soon succeeded by another recurrent theme; that of two armies locked in battle. It is left to the viewer to interpret each canvas, reading, the images as one might turn the pages of a book....

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Italian, 17th – 18th century, male.

Born c. 1653, in Rome; died 1737, in Naples.

Painter, collector. Landscapes with figures, animals.

Naples (Mus. di San Martino): Shepherds with Shepherdess and Flock

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British, 19th century, male.

Born 6 August 1820, in Tramlingham; died 18 April 1904, in London.

Painter. Landscapes, still-lifes.

Henry Thompson was an eminent surgeon (who was knighted in 1867 for his services to medicine), collector, astronomer and novelist, as well as painter of merit. He was pupil of Elizabeth Elmore and Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, and exhibited at the Royal Academy several times. He exhibited ...

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Dutch, 18th century, male.

Active c. 1793.

Watercolourist, engraver (etching), collector.

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German, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 15 February 1751, in Haina; died 26 June 1829, in Eutin.

Painter, engraver (etching), draughtsman, collector. Historical subjects, mythological subjects, allegorical subjects, portraits, historical portraits, genre scenes, animals, landscapes with figures.

Johann Heinrich Wilhelm was the pupil of his uncle, Johann Heinrich the Elder. He began his artistic career restoring paintings and copying old masters in the Hamburg studio of his relative, Johann Jacob Tischbein. In 1773, he travelled to Kassel to work as a portrait painter; in 1777, he visited Dresden and Berlin, where he painted the portrait of the Queen of Prussia. In 1779, he was sent to Rome as an envoy of the Hesse court. He also visited Switzerland, where he made a number of drawings for the cleric and writer Johann Kaspar Lavater, and in 1787 he accompanied Goethe on a journey to Naples, where he was appointed director of the city's academy of fine art. A close companion of the poet, he may have influenced Goethe's uncompromising classicism and dislike of Romantic painting. Tischbein was a protégé of Lord Hamilton: he painted the portrait of the celebrated Emma, Lady Hamilton, and engraved the English nobleman's collection of Greek vases. He escaped the French occupation of Naples, fleeing to Kassel and, later, to Hamburg. He is recorded in Eutin in 1808, where he painted portraits until the end of his life. Tischbein's celebrated portrait of the young Goethe (in Frankfurt) demonstrates his masterly draughtsmanship and artful use of discreet yet vibrant colour. The picture typifies the artist's particular brand of 'humane Classicism': a bright, joyful, perenially charming masterpiece by a leading member of the distinguished Tischbein family of painters....

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Dutch, 19th century, male.

Active in Amsterdam.

Painter, engraver (etching), collector. Landscapes.

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Dutch, 19th century, female.

Active in Amsterdam, during the first half of the 19th century.

Painter. Still-lifes, flowers.

The pupil of W. Itekking, Martine van Toulon married the collector G. John Beelsnijdeer van Voshol.

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Dutch, 18th century, male.

Active at the beginning of the 18th century.

Painter, collector.

In 1708, Hendrik Twent was a member of the guild of painters in Haarlem.

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British, 19th century, male.

Born 1797; died 1873.

Painter, architectural draughtsman, illustrator, collector. Architectural views.

William Twopeny provided illustrations for books on architecture.

London (British Mus.): 13 albums

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Dutch, 16th – 17th century, male.

Died 12 February 1613, in Amsterdam.

Painter, collector.

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Swedish, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 18 February 1767; died 31 May 1846, in Stockholm.

Painter, collector.

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Dutch, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1730; died 1816, in Jutfaas.

Painter, engraver, collector. Portraits, street scenes.

Jacobus Versteegh's works and collections were sold on 27 June 1796.

Brussels

Utrecht

London, 21 July 1972: Street Scene, Gns 4,800

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British, 18th century, male.

Born 1684, in London; died 24 July 1756, in London.

Draughtsman, engraver (etching/burin/mezzotint), reproductions engraver, writer, collector.

George Vertue occupies an important place in the history of English engraving. He came from a poor Catholic family and served an early apprenticeship as a printer before formally studying engraving under Michel van der Gucht. By ...

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Spanish, 17th century, male.

Painter, collector.

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Villers  

French, 18th century, male.

Painter.

Villers was an amateur painter and a collector. A sale of his work was held in Paris on 2 December 1795 under the auspices of F. L. Régnault, who wrote in the preface to the catalogue: '... the late Villers, the celebrated artist. He rivalled the painters of our École, he was our fellow student and friend. His end was tragic and very sudden.' It is possible that he died in the Terror....

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Dutch, 19th century, male.

Born 2 August 1799, in Rotterdam; died 4 April 1869, in Rotterdam.

Engraver (etching).

Vis Blokhuyzen was also an art collector.

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British, 19th century, male.

Born 10 August 1798; died 5 January 1873, in London.

Draughtsman, architect, collector. Topographical views, gardens.

George Vivian drew Spanish landscapes and gardens in Rome and Albano.

London (Victoria and Albert Mus.): several drawings

London, 14 March 1997...

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Dutch, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 5 December 1774, in Amsterdam; died 23 July 1844, near Haarlem.

Draughtsman, collector.