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British, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1754, in Norwich, baptised 5 June 1754; died 21 or 6 December 1828, in Hatfield, in very reduced circumstances.

Engraver (etching and stippling), illustrator, printmaker, draughtsman. Portraits, architecture, mythology, religious subjects.

The son of John Baldrey the Elder, John Baldrey the Younger entered the Royal Academy School to study engraving in ...

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Italian, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 13 May 1737, in Rovigo; died 1813.

Painter, designer of ornamental architectural features, fresco artist. Church decoration.

Son of Sante Baseggio the Elder; travelled to Ferrara with his brother Giuseppe at an early age and studied there under Giuseppe Facchinetti and the architect Antonio Foschini. He decorated façades and churches in Rovigo with architectural frescoes....

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British, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 25 December 1771, in London; died 1843, in Devon, in a lunatic asylum.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman, architect. Religious subjects, landscapes, architectural views.

Romanticism.

Joseph Michael Gandy studied architecture at the Royal Academy of Art. He was sent on a study trip to Rome but returned to London in ...

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French, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 18 July 1758, in Courtrai; died 12 January 1835, in Paris.

Painter, picture dealer. Church interiors, architectural views.

Pierre Joseph Lafontaine was first a student of Kaplan Van Neste, a distinguished connoisseur, who had him accepted by the academy in Courtrai, and then he worked with Jean Douelle. He concentrated especially on the painting of church interiors. He went to Paris, where he seems to have had some success. Taunay, Demarne, Swebach and Drolling worked on some of his pictures. Bryan's ...

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German, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 22 September 1738, in Rudolstadt; died 13 November 1819, in Frankfurt am Main.

Painter, engraver, draughtsman. Architectural views, church interiors.

Johann Ludwig Ernst Morgenstern was the son of Johann Christoph and father of Johann Friedrich Morgenstern. In 1768, he went to Hamburg, and in ...

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Italian, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1745, in Rome; died 1812.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman. Church interiors, landscapes, architectural views, ruins.

He was probably related to Giovanni Paolo Pannini. Like him he often worked in the 'capriccio' genre - another word for veduta ideata, a painting of a realistic townscape or landscape that combines real and imaginary elements....

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Pomposa  

Charles B. McClendon

Italian former Benedictine abbey near the mouth of the Po River and 45 km north of Ravenna in the province of Emilia Romagna. Although first documented in ad 874, a monastic settlement probably existed there at least two centuries earlier. Pomposa rose to prominence in the 10th and 11th centuries through the support of the Holy Roman emperors. Over the course of the 14th century, a notable series of wall paintings in three different buildings were sponsored despite the monastery’s waning fortunes. In 1663 the monastic community was suppressed by papal decree. The site was secularized in 1802 and became property of the Italian state after 1870.

The proportions of the wooden-roofed basilican church, along with the polygonal outline of its main apse, reflect influence from nearby Ravenna and Classe and suggest a date in the 8th or 9th century. An elaborate pavement of mosaic and cut stone (opus sectile...

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British, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1769, in London; died 29 May 1843, in London.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman, illustrator. Genre scenes, landscapes, seascapes, church interiors, architectural views.

William Henry Pyne studied under Henry Pars at the Shipley School in The Strand London and went on to exhibit at the Royal Academy in ...

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Italian, 18th – 19th century, male.

Active in Urbino.

Born 15 November 1759; died 25 May 1848.

Sculptor, painter, architect, art restorer. Religious subjects.

A pupil of Michelangelo Dolci, Francesco Rondelli succeeded his master as professor at the academy in Urbino. He carved a number of figures of angels in Urbino Cathedral as well as painting a ...

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French, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 5 January 1742, in Paris; died 30 June 1826, in Charenton-le-Pont.

Painter, sculptor. Religious subjects, figures, architectural views.

Jean Baptiste Stouf was apprenticed to Guillaume Costou II, came second in the sculpture competition in 1769, and became an Académicien on ...

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Italian, 18th – 19th century, male.

Active in Mantua.

Died at the beginning of the 19th century.

Painter, designer of ornamental architectural features. Church decoration.

Francesco Tartagnini was a pupil of Giovanni Bellavite. He worked for churches and public buildings in Mantua.