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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 ...

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American, 18th – 19th century, male.

Active in Exeter, USA, from 1770 to 1810.

Engraver. Ex-libris plates.

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French, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1757, in Niort (Deux-Sèvres); died 1828.

Painter, copyist. Religious subjects, mythological subjects, portraits.

His religious and mythological scenes and his portraits sometimes have a lyric quality reminiscent of Delacroix. He is also known for his Schemes for a New System for Promotion of the Arts...

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American, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1773, in Charleston (South Carolina); died 1846, in Philadelphia.

Engraver (line-engraving), illustrator.

James Akin was born in South Carolina, but moved first to Philadelphia and then to Newburyport and Salem in Massachusetts. Among his works are a portrait of ...

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Dutch, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 9 May 1769, in Amsterdam; died 4 December 1839, in Utrecht.

Painter, copyist. Figures.

Villem Alewyn became well known for his copies of the great Dutch masters.

Amsterdam (Rijksmus.): Old Man

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Italian, 18th – 19th century, male.

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

Engraver, illustrator.

Aliprandi was a line and stipple engraver and illustrator who engraved a number of Fragonard subjects, together with scenes of the Revolution (in the manner of Le Barbier) and several portraits of Louis XVIII (after A. du Morrona). He also illustrated the Venice Almanach of ...

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British, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1785; died 8 April 1851.

Painter, watercolourist, engraver, draughtsman, illustrator. Portraits, genre scenes, hunting scenes (hunting with hounds), sporting subjects.

Henry Alken showed two portraits at London's Royal Academy in 1801 and 1802. Alken was first and foremost a painter of hunting and sporting subjects. In ...

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Dutch, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1760, in 's Hertogenbosch; died 23 February 1820.

Painter, illustrator. History painting, portraits.

Quirinus van Amelsfoort trained in Düsseldorf, where he executed a large number of copies. He later set up work in his native town as a portrait painter, although he also painted historical subjects, including a ...

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American, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1775, in New York; died 17 January 1870, in New Jersey.

Engraver, draughtsman, illustrator.

Alexander Anderson, the son of a Scotsman, was the first person to practise wood engraving in the USA. He first studied medicine and qualified as a doctor in ...

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Swedish, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1773; died 10 September 1857, in Stockholm.

Engraver (line-engraving), illustrator.

Samuel Anderson worked mainly as an illustrator, but also as an engraver of views and portraits. He became the engraver and type-founder at the national bank of Sweden, a post he filled until his death....

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Mark Jones

(b Bordeaux, Nov 4, 1761; d Paris, Dec 10, 1822).

French medallist, engraver and illustrator. He was first apprenticed to the medallist André Lavau (d 1808) and then attended the Académie de Peinture et de Sculpture in Bordeaux. In 1786 he travelled to Paris and entered the workshop of Nicolas-Marie Gatteaux. His first great success was a large, realistic and highly detailed medal representing the Fall of the Bastille (1789); because it would have been difficult and risky to strike, he produced it in the form of single-sided lead impressions or clichés, coloured to resemble bronze. The following year he used this novel technique again, to produce an equally successful companion piece illustrating the Arrival of Louis XVI in Paris. Andrieu lay low during the latter part of the French Revolution, engraving vignettes and illustrating an edition of Virgil by Firmin Didot (1764–1836). He reappeared in 1800, with medals of the Passage of the Great St Bernard...

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British, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1752; died 1821.

Engraver, draughtsman, illustrator. Portraits, architectural views, topographical views.

William Angus studied under William Walker and went on to produce a large number of well-executed and pleasing prints of manor houses and family seats in England and Wales. Angus worked as an illustrator and was retained by various topographical publishers of the day. He engraved from his own drawings but also from originals by Shothard, Paul Sandby, Edward Daynes, George Samuel and other leading artists. He is remembered for a series of plates for ...

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French, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1754, in Paris; died 1823.

Engraver (burin), illustrator.

A pupil of Augustin de Saint-Aubin, Jean-Louis Anselin engraved historical and genre scenes, and illustrated the poetry of Parny and Bertin. He entered the school for sponsored students at the Académie on ...

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British, 18th – 19th century, male.

Active in London.

Painter, copyist. Religious subjects, portraits. Miniatures.

An artist by this name figures in the catalogues of the Royal Academy between 1792 and 1829. He is credited with numerous portraits and copies, including Cain and Abel and Jesus and Mary Magdalene...

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British, 18th – 19th century, male.

Died c. 1817, in London.

Draughtsman, engraver (burin), illustrator.

Van Assen worked in England at the end of the 18th century and in the early years of the 19th. He exhibited occasionally at the Royal Academy between 1788 and 1804...

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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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Irish, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1735, in Ireland; died 1819, in Dublin.

Draughtsman, illustrator. Antiquities.

William Beauford was one of 61 competitors who sent in designs for the building of the Exchange on Cork Hill in Dublin. He was also a keen student of Irish antiquities and one of the founders of the short-lived Antiquarian Society....

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German, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 5 February 1747, in Ehrenbreitstein, near Koblenz; died 1 April 1828, in Cologne.

Painter, copyist. Portraits, landscapes.

Kaspar Beckenkamp studied with his father and with Januarius Zick in Koblenz. He also worked with the landscape artist, Christian Georg Schütz. In Bonn and Cologne, he painted portraits and copied pictures by Old Masters of the Cologne School....

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(b Salzburg, May 1, 1753; d Prague, June 25, 1829).

Austrian painter, printmaker, draughtsman, illustrator and teacher, active in Bohemia. He was taught by his father, the sculptor and painter Josef Bergler the elder (1718–88), and, during his stay in Italy, by Martin Knoller in Milan and Anton von Maron in Rome. An accomplished portrait painter, he was employed as official painter by bishops and cardinals at Passau and painted a number of altarpieces in Austria and especially in Bohemia. He helped establish the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague (1800), which placed a new emphasis on draughtsmanship, composition and Classical subjects and models. As the first Director of the Academy, Bergler won new academic prestige for art in Bohemia and, for himself, a privileged position in obtaining commissions such as the Curtain at the Estates Theatre (sketches, 1803–4; Prague, N.G., Convent of St Agnes). He also published albums of engravings intended as models (Compositions and Sketches...

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French, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1772, in Paris; died 1846, in Écouen (Val-d'Oise).

Painter, watercolourist, illustrator. Natural history (botanical subjects/birds).

Pancrace Bessa was a pupil of Henri Redouté and Gérard van Spaendonck, and specialised in exact representations of flowers and fruit. He exhibited regularly at the Paris Salon between 1806 and 1831. In 1810 he published the first edition of his ...