(b Holywood, County Down, Ireland, Jan 26, 1922).
Australian painter, printmaker, book designer, lecturer, collector, gallery director and publisher of limited edition artists’ books, of Irish decent. He worked as a draughtsman before entering war service in the British Admiralty from 1940 to 1949, including five years in Colombo, where he made sketching trips to jungle temples with the Buddhist monk and artist Manjsiro Thero. Between 1949 and 1951 Adams worked as an exhibition designer in London and studied wood-engraving with Gertrude Hermes in her evening class at the Central School of Arts and Crafts (now Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design). In 1951, after moving to Melbourne, Adams began a 30-year teaching commitment at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), where he instructed many of the younger generation of Australian printmakers, including George Baldessin and Jan Senbergs. A brief return to Britain and Ireland in 1957–8 provided experience with Dolmen Press, Dublin, which published his first book of engravings, ...
Russian, 19th century, male.
Active between 1809 and 1826 in Moscow.
This artist belonged to the school of the Moscow printer and collector P.P. Beketov. Under the direction of J. Rosanov, N.Z. Sokolov and A.J. Ossipov, Afanasiev engraved a series of three hundred portraits of famous Russians, published in three volumes between ...
Spanish, 17th century, male.
Engraver of the frontispiece for Museum of Unknown Spanish Medals ( Museo de las medallas desconocidos espagnolas) by the scholar, collector and patron of the arts Vincencio Juan de Lastanosa, Lord of the Manor of Figaruelas....
Italian, 18th century, male.
Active in Cremona.
Engraver (etching), draughtsman.
No details are known of this acknowledged art lover and collector.
French, 19th century, male.
Born 1 May 1786, in Lyons; died 2 July 1872, in Lyons.
Balthazar Alexis started out as an engraver before going on to draw and paint landscapes and portraits. He is best known as an avid collector, whose collection was sold off in Lyons in February ...
German, 17th – 18th century, male.
Born 1633; died 1714.
This prince was in turn a considerable novelist, a poet and a large-scale art collector. On becoming regent in 1685, he spent much time building up the Brunswick painting gallery until it was really quite outstanding. A small number of plates are attributed to him. It is thought that he was given technical advice by Prince Rupert of the Palatinate....
(b New York, March 17, 1822; d New York, Aug 11, 1904)
American wood-engraver, art dealer, collector and philanthropist. Avery’s career as a wood-engraver and his involvement with the New York publishing trade began in the early 1840s. He worked for, among others, Appleton’s, the New York Herald and Harper’s and produced illustrations for trade cards, religious tracts, adventure stories and children’s books. By the early 1850s Avery had begun compiling humorous books and commissioning drawings from such artist-illustrators as Felix Octavius Carr Darley, John Whetten Ehninger, Augustus Hoppin (1827–96), Tompkins Harrison Matteson and John McLenan (1827–66). His business contacts led to close relationships with such artists as Frederick Church, John F. Kensett and William Trost Richards.
By the late 1850s Avery had begun to collect drawings and small cabinet pictures by local artists. Other art collectors, notably William T. Walters, asked Avery’s advice when commissioning works of art. In 1864 he turned his engraving practice over to ...
(b Paris, June 6, 1719; d Paris, May 31, 1794).
French patron, collector, amateur engraver and soldier . He was the only son of the collector Augustin Blondel de Gagny and joined the army at 15, being awarded the Croix de St Louis in 1745. He retired from the army in 1753, having married a great heiress, Catherine Edmée de la Haye des Fosses; they divided their time between hôtels particuliers in the Rue de Vendôme and the Rue Nazareth, Paris, and an elegant château at Bonneuil. Azincourt was an honorary member of the Académie Royale in Paris and the academy of Marseille. In 1776 he helped to arrange the acquisition by the Maison du Roi of the Cabinet de l’Amour from the Hôtel Lambert, Paris. In La Première Idée de la curiosité (1749), he described the principles of collecting and offered advice on display. His eclectic collection ranged from Italian, Northern European and French works to curiosities of natural history. After ...
German, 19th century, male.
Active in Frankfurt am Main around the middle of the 19th century.
In his Handbook for Collectors of Copperplate Engravings ( Handbuch für Kupferstichsammler), Aloys Apell only mentions Backenberg's Love in an ornamental frame. According to Mengs he may also be the creator of the following engavings : ...
Born in Loughborough (Leicestershire).
Harry Baldwin was a collector and an engraver.
French, 17th century, male.
Born 1653, in Aix-en-Provence; died 1703, in Aix-en-Provence.
Painter, engraver. Portraits.
The education of Sébastien Barras was taken in hand by Boyer d'Aiguilles, a rich collector, painter and engraver in Aix. He was Sébastien's first master, and sent him to study in Rome. On his return, he painted, in the house of his teacher, a copy of the ceiling executed in the Palazzo Barberini in Rome by Pietro da Cortona ...
(b Paris, Dec 11, 1715; d Paris, 1797).
French soldier, amateur printmaker and collector. He was sometimes called ‘Comte’, probably an assumed title. He was raised by his grandfather Jean Baudouin des Pacauds (d 1722), a tobacco merchant and collector of maps and mathematical instruments, whose wealth he inherited. In 1736 Baudouin joined a regiment of the Gardes Françaises as a gentilhomme à drapeau. He was an amateur printmaker of limited technical skill; in 1757 he published L’Exercice de l’infanterie française, a book of 62 prints. He presented it to Louis XV and was rewarded with 20,000 francs. The book was republished in 1759, with the plates re-engraved by Augustin de Saint-Aubin. Baudouin was a considerable collector, particularly of Dutch and Flemish paintings, which served as models for many of his prints. In 1779 he sold 115 paintings from his collection to Catherine the Great, having had copies made of 92 of them. Many of the works he sold, including ...
British, 18th century, male.
Active in London during the first half of the 18th century.
Thomas Beard's portraits, engraved after P. Ashton and Godfrey Kneller, are highly rated by collectors.
British, 18th century, male.
Born 1723, in London; died 1765, in Copenhagen.
Carl Bertram was a collector. Nagler says that he personally engraved the frontispiece of the book he had published at his own expense: A History of the Ancient Painters of the British People...
L. Fornari Schianchi
(b Arcisate di Como, 1727; d Parma, Nov 4, 1792).
Italian stuccoist, printmaker, painter and collector. Before studying anything else he learned stucco decoration from his father Pietro Luigi (d 1754), who worked in Germany from 1743 until his death. Stucco work always remained Bossi’s main activity, alongside that of printmaking, especially etching. His experiments in the latter field followed in the tradition of the great Venetian printmakers. He was encouraged by Charles-François Hutin, who was in Dresden from 1753 to 1757 and whom he followed to Milan and Parma. His first etching, based on a work by Bartolomeo Nazari (1693–1758), was done in Milan in 1758. From 1759 on he was in Parma, where he produced some plates for the Iconologie tirée de divers auteurs (1759) by Jean-Baptiste Boudard, and where he executed the stucco trophy decoration for the attic of S Pietro, the construction of which began in 1761. From this date Bossi also collaborated with the designer ...
British, 20th century, female.
Born 30 August 1911, in Norwood (London); died 1991, in Hampstead (London).
Painter, illustrator, muralist, lithographer, collector. Still-lifes, figures, landscapes, nature.
East London Group, London Group.
Phyllis Bray was the daughter of William de Bray, attaché to the mother of the Russian Tsar Nicholas II. Her first husband was the painter John Cooper, and her second was Eric Phillips. She studied on a scholarship at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, where her tutor was Henry Tonks. She was a leading figure in the formation of the ...
Gabriel P. Weisberg
(b Paris, Feb 11, 1830; d Parays, Tarn-et-Garonne, June 3, 1890).
French critic, collector and etcher. He studied drawing and painting before becoming art critic of the Gazette des Beaux-Arts in 1859. His extensive articles examined such issues as the etching revival (see Etching, §II, 4), modernization of the industrial arts, the cult of Japonisme and Impressionism. With his notices in the newspaper Le Rappel (1869–71) and the avant-garde journal La Renaissance littéraire et artistique (1871–2), the periodical of the emerging Symbolist poets, Burty passionately espoused the taste for Japanese art and culture and coined the term Japonisme in 1872. His apartment, which contained a vast collection of Japanese works of art, attracted many collectors also fascinated by Japan, including Edmond de Goncourt, Félix Bracquemond and Edgar Degas. Burty’s meetings and his collection and staunch advocacy of Japonisme influenced many, including his Impressionist friends, in whose compositions the subtle assimilation of Japanese print design is evident. The marriage of Burty’s daughter Madeleine to the entrepreneur ...
Flemish School, 19th century, male.
Born 13 September 1814, in Sept-Fontaines, near Luxembourg; died 19 February 1853, in Ghent.