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British, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1763, in Exeter; died 1851.

Painter, watercolourist, engraver, draughtsman, illustrator. Landscapes with figures, natural history (animals/insects).

John White Abbott took up painting initially as a hobby but became well known for his landscapes with animals and human figures. He was particularly influenced by the lesser Dutch masters, notably Peter de Laes. His work sufficiently impressed contemporaries such as Sir Joshua Reynolds and Benjamin West that they urged him to exhibit at the Royal Academy, and he submitted work to the Academy between ...


German, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 22 August 1764, in Aschach; died 1818, in Vienna.

Painter, engraver. Mythological subjects, portraits.

Joseph Abel's remarkable abilities became evident at a very early age. Taken on by Füger, he made such rapid progress that he was soon painting. He caught the attention of the head of the Czartoryski family, who took the young artist to Poland. There he did various works before moving to Rome, arriving in ...


British, 18th – 19th century, male.

Active at the end of the 18th and at the beginning of the 19th century.

Painter, engraver. Architectural views.

S. Acton lived in London between 1791 and 1802 and exhibited at the Royal Academy.


Italian, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 30 April 1764, in Milan; died 11 February 1849, in Florence.

Painter, draughtsman (including ink), watercolourist, engraver (line-engraving). Allegorical subjects, historical subjects, battles, genre scenes, scenes with figures. Decorative schemes, church decoration, decorative designs.

After studying in Milan and Rome, Ademollo was invited to Florence to decorate the Teatro della Pergola (which has since been destroyed). He settled in Florence until his death and was widely regarded as one of the neo-classical masters of the Tuscan School. At the start of his career, he painted principally arabesques, but went on to develop his technique to the point where Ferdinand III commissioned him to decorate the Pitti Palace and to paint historical and allegorical subjects for its individual rooms. One of his best-known works is ...


Swiss, 18th – 19th century, male.

Active from 1800 active in England.

Born 24 March 1767, in Geneva; died 27 December 1849, in London.

Painter, engraver. History painting, portraits, genre scenes, animals.

The scion of a rich family of Scottish origin, Agasse had every opportunity to develop his artistic tastes in the best possible conditions. He was encouraged by painters Massot and Toppfer, and went to Paris, where he was admitted to David's studio on 5 September 1787, subsequently working under the direction of Horace Vernet. He remained in Paris until around 1798, when a downturn in his fortunes prompted him to accept an offer by a rich Englishman, who took him to London in late October 1800. He lived modestly there, finally being presented to the Regent only 20 years after first taking up residence in London....


Italian, 18th – 19th century, male.

Active in England.

Born 1747, probably in Piedmont; died c. 1810, in England.

Painter, engraver, draughtsman.

An art lover who began to publish a suite of 12 colour engravings in Genoa in 1787 entitled Picturesque Voyage in the Appenines. The series, completed in ...


Italian, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1770, in Bedano, near Lugano; died 1812, in Milan.

Engraver (etching), draughtsman.

Studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan under his father Giocondo Albertolli; engraved a number of head studies in the classical manner. His body of work includes portraits of leading dignitaries of the day, notably his ...


Swedish, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1766, in Sweden; died 1853.

Painter, engraver. Flowers, fruit. Portraits.

Johann Aleander was a temporary teacher at the Stockholm academy. He did engravings of flowers and fruit. A view of the Cape, after G. Le Moine, is also known. He also painted portraits....


Patrick Conner

English painter, engraver, draughtsman and museum official. The son of a coachbuilder, he was apprenticed to Julius Caesar Ibbetson before enrolling in 1784 at the Royal Academy Schools, London. In 1792 he accepted the post (previously declined by Ibbetson) of draughtsman to George, 1st Earl Macartney, on his embassy to China. As the embassy returned by inland waterway from Beijing to Canton, Alexander made detailed ...


David Alexander and Stephen Deuchar

English family of artists of Danish descent. The earliest member active in England was Sefferien Alken (1717–82), who was a wood-carver, gilder and stone-carver employed by William Chambers. His son (1) Samuel Alken was an engraver. Four of Samuel Alken’s sons, Samuel Alken (...