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A. B.  

Monogram.

Monogram attributed to Abraham Bosse.

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A. W.  

German, 17th – 18th century, male.

Painter. Still-lifes.

Active as a painter in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Cologne: Peaches, Plums, Figs and Grapes (signed with the monogram A. W.)

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Dutch, 18th century, male.

Active also active in France.

Born 1731, in The Hague; died 1809.

Painter, decorative artist. Allegorical subjects.

Dirck van der Aa was originally a pupil of Johann Heinrich Keller, and later of Gerrit Mes. He had a remarkable gift for composition and execution and was a talented colourist and draughtsman - all the qualities required to be a fine decorative artist. Later in his career he worked in partnership with his former teacher Gerrit Mes. Decorative panels for carriages were very fashionable at the period and the two artists established a strong reputation in this field. One of van der Aa's most important pieces is a room he decorated in the house of Baron de Heeckeren in The Hague. He is also known for the decoration he executed for the arrival of William IV at The Hague on ...

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Dutch, 18th century, male.

Active at the beginning of the 18th century.

Died 4 January 1742, in Leiden.

Painter, draughtsman, illustrator.

Leiden School.

Hillebrand van der Aa is believed to have been related to Pietersz. Boudewyn and Hillebrand van der Aa. He served an apprenticeship in the bookselling trade but, at the same time, developed his skills in the fine arts and was admitted to the Leiden painters' guild on ...

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Dutch, 18th century, male.

Born during the second half of the 18th century, in The Hague; died 1776, in The Hague, at a young age.

Painter. Portraits.

Jacob van der Aa was a pupil of his uncle, the painter and decorative artist Dirk van der Aa. His name appears in the register of the guild of painters of The Hague in ...

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Norwegian, 18th century, male.

Born 16 August 1739, in Land; died 1792, in Ringerike.

Painter. Allegorical subjects, portraits, landscapes with figures.

Although his father was a farmer, as a young man Aadnes showed an obvious interest in the fine arts. In January 1770 he was sent to Christiania (now Oslo) to study with the well-known portrait painter Christian Tonning, from whom he acquired the basic techniques. In ...

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Dutch, 17th – 18th century, male.

Active at the end of the 17th and at the beginning of the 18th century.

Born in Amsterdam.

Painter.

Amsterdam School.

The painter Anthony Aardewyn is known to have been given the freedom of the city of Amsterdam on 4 August 1723...

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Dutch, 18th century, male.

Born 5 December 1713, in Amsterdam; died 5 March 1793.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman, illustrator. Landscapes with figures, urban views, interiors.

Nicolaas Aartman worked for booksellers and executed a number of small drawings for illustrated books. There are two fine drawings of interiors by him in Amsterdam. His work was engraved by Kornleim and Jan Schoute....

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Italian, 17th – 18th century, male.

Painter.

Neapolitan School.

Listed in the 1702 register of Neapolitan painters.

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Italian, 18th century, male.

Active at the beginning of the 18th century.

Painter, decorative designer.

A pupil of Fernando Galli, Abbati was involved in various decorative projects in Parma. He is known to have been in Turin in 1700, and subsequently in Bologna and Vienna (where he was still active in ...

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Italian, 18th century, male.

Active Milanese, active during the 18th century.

Painter.

Milanese School.

Cited by Zani.

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Italian, 17th – 18th century, male.

Born c. 1640, in Milan; died 1715, in Milan.

Painter, fresco artist. Religious subjects, portraits.

Studied under Carlo Francesco Nuvoloni, who taught him to paint with great facility, particularly frescoes. A painter with a lively imagination and sound technique, Abbiati was firmly established among the ranks of artists working at the time. In cooperation with Federigo Bianchi, he painted a ...

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Italian, 18th century, male.

Active Milanese, active at the beginning of the 18th century.

Engraver, draughtsman.

A little-known artist who produced a certain number of etchings of battles and allegorical subjects based on his own drawings.

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British, 18th century, male.

Active in Londonc.1770.

Painter. Still-lifes.

J. Abbot exhibited at the Society of Artists.

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British, 18th century, male.

Died 11 November 1791, in Hereford.

Painter. Landscapes.

Edward Abbott enjoyed a considerable reputation at Long Acre as a heraldic painter (coats of arms and decorative carriage work) and was also an accomplished landscape artist.

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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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Susan Morris

(b Exeter, May 13, 1764; d Exeter, 1851).

English watercolourist, painter and apothecary. He was nephew of the prominent lawyer John White (1744–1825). An important patron of Francis Towne, he spent his entire career in Exeter as an apothecary and surgeon. Abbot was a keen amateur artist, taking lessons from Towne, but although he was an Honorary Exhibitor of landscape oils at the Royal Academy, London, from 1793 to 1805 and again in 1810 and 1812, he never sold a picture. His oil Fordland (1791; priv. col., see Oppé, pl. xxxii) is a plein-air study of woodland that owes much to Gainsborough’s early work in its naturalism and broken, delicate handling.

In 1791 Abbott toured Scotland, the Lake District, Lancashire, Derbyshire and Warwickshire. He toured Monmouthshire in 1797, and again in 1827, as well as Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. He also made studies of Richmond, Surrey, in 1842, but the bulk of his work was done in the vicinity of Exeter. The ...

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British, 18th century, male.

Born 1760, in Leicestershire; died 1803, in London, in 1802 according to some sources.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman. Portraits.

Lemuel Francis Abbott worked alongside Francis Hayman and enjoyed a considerable reputation in his day. He settled in London some time before 1784...

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Hugh Belsey

(b Leics, c. 1760; d London, Dec 5, 1802).

English painter. He was the son of a clergyman and went to London to study with Francis Hayman shortly before the latter’s death in 1776; he may have completed his studies in Derby with Joseph Wright of Derby. By the early 1780s Abbott had established a busy portrait practice in London. The formula he adopted for most of his head-and-shoulder portraits can be seen in Sir William Herschel (1785; London, N. Mar. Mus.): the body is parallel to the picture plane, and the sitter’s head is moved into three-quarter profile, as if his attention has been suddenly distracted. In later portraits, such as those of fellow artists Francesco Bartolozzi (c. 1792; London, Tate) or Joseph Nollekens (c. 1797; London, N.P.G.), the sitter’s hand or some attribute balances the movement of the head. Only male portraits by Abbott are known, and his patrons were mostly drawn from the professional classes, particularly the Navy; there are several versions of ...

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Swiss, 18th century, male.

Painters.

According to a document in the public records of Einsiedeln (Schwyz canton), they worked for a certain Abbot Thomas Schenklin of this town in 1723.