|Method||Aquatint with hand colouring|
|Artist||William Pickett after Philip James de Loutherbourg|
|Published||Published by R. Bowyer, Historic Gallery. Pall Mall, 1805|
|Dimensions||Image 230 x 320 mm, Sheet 345 x 485 mm|
A picturesque view of the river Llugwy from 'The Romantic And Picturesque Scenery Of England and Wales, From Drawings made Expressly For This Undertaking, By P. J. De Loutherbourg, Esq. R. A. With Historical And Descriptive Accounts Of The Several Places Of Which Views Are Given. Engraved By William Pickett, And Coloured By John Clarke. London 1805'.
Phillip James de Loutherbourg (1740 - 1812) was a famed painter, draughtsman, and scenographer. He was as well known for his paintings of landscapes and battle scenes as he was for his innovative scenery designs and special effects for the theatre. De Loutherbourg was born in Basel, and after initial training from his father, a miniature painter from Strasbourg, he later studied in Paris under the tutelage of Carle van Loo and Francesco Casanova. He was received into the French Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in 1767, and at the official Salon exhibitions he won the praise of Denis Diderot. Moving to London in 1771, de Loutherbourg was employed as an adviser on scenic effects by David Garrick at his Drury Lane Theatre. He was made a member of the British Royal Academy in 1780. He illustrated Macklin's Bible and an edition of the works of Shakespeare, but it was in his large paintings of naval, historical and industrial scenes that de Loutherbourg enjoyed true renown. These works were a great influence to J.M.W Turner and the later school of English Romanticism.
William Pickett (fl. ca. 1792 - 1820) was a British printmaker and engraver.
Condition: Toning to sheet, faded, toning from previous mount, spots of foxing to sheet.