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date: 07 December 2019

Martin, John locked

(b Haydon Bridge, Northumb., July 19, 1789; d Douglas, Isle of Man, Feb 17, 1854).
  • Robin Hamlyn
  •  and Lin Barton

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(b Haydon Bridge, Northumb., July 19, 1789; d Douglas, Isle of Man, Feb 17, 1854).

His career as a painter began in 1803 when he was apprenticed to a coachmaker in Newcastle upon Tyne shortly after his parents moved there. In 1804 he became a pupil of Boniface Moss or Musso, an Italian painter originally from Piemonte, who gave him lessons in drawing and painting. In 1805 he went to London to work with Musso’s son, Charles Muss [Musso] (1779–1824), a ceramics painter. Finding that Muss was unemployed, Martin began to support himself by selling drawings of views of his native Northumberland until, in 1807, he was finally taken on by Muss in a new glass- and ceramics-painting business. Muss went bankrupt in 1809, but both he and Martin were employed by William Collins, who owned a well-established glass-painting studio in the Strand, London. Here he spent the hours after work ‘sitting up at night till 2 or 3 o’clock … acquiring that knowledge of perspective which has since been so valuable to me’ (Martin, p.176). He realized that his best chance of a successful artistic career was as a painter of serious subjects. His first oils, small in scale, were classical landscapes inspired by Claude and date from about ...

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