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Dutch, 18th century, male.

Baptised 19 November 1724 in Amsterdam; died 7 April 1801.

Painter, engraver, draughtsman, watercolourist, illustrator. Mythological subjects, genre scenes, portraits, landscapes. Stage sets.

Jacobus Buys studied under Cornelis Pronck and Cornelis Troost. He painted portraits, historical pictures, theatre scenery and vignettes for books, as well as imitating the grisailles of Jakob de Wit....


(b Strasbourg, Oct 31, 1740; d London, March 11, 1812).

Alsatian painter, illustrator and stage designer, active in France and England. Loutherbourg’s father, Philipp Jakob (1698–1768), was an engraver and miniature painter to the court of Darmstadt. In 1755 he took his family to Paris, where Loutherbourg became a pupil of Carle Vanloo; he also attended Jean-Georges Wille’s engraving academy in the Quai des Augustins and Francesco Casanova’s studio. Wille directed Loutherbourg’s attention to 17th-century Dutch landscape artists, such as Philips Wouwerman and Nicolaes Berchem, and in 1763 Denis Diderot noticed the inspiration of the latter in Loutherbourg’s first Salon exhibit, a landscape with figures (Liverpool, Walker A.G.). In this and other works, focus is on the foreground figures, which are framed by natural formations that occasionally fall away to reveal distant horizons. This informal style found favour with the French public; Loutherbourg’s vivid, fresh colour and ability to catch specific light and weather conditions made the pastoral subjects of François Boucher and his school seem contrived and fey. Rather more romanticized were Loutherbourg’s shipwreck scenes (e.g. ...


British, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1764, in Norwich; died 6 May 1840, in Norwich.

Painter, miniaturist, illustrator. Still-lifes (flowers/fruit/game). Stage sets.

School of Norwich.

James Sillett was the father of Emma Sillett. He was a pupil at the Royal Academy. Sillett worked in King's Lynn in ...