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A Cottage in Patterdale, Westmoreland

Philip James de Loutherbourg

A Cottage in Patterdale, Westmoreland


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ArtistPhilip James de Loutherbourg (1740-1812)
TitleA Cottage in Patterdale, Westmoreland
Date1783
MediumOil on canvas
ProvenanceCollection of Richard Price Jones; collection of Joshua Smith in 1792; collection of Mary Bellis, Hungerford; from whom purchased by the Ministry of works in January 1954
ExhibitionRoyal Academy, London, 1784 (catalogue number 63); 'Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg, RA 1740-1812', Kenwood, Hamstead, London, 1973 (catalogue number 35)
Dimensionsheight: 39.50 cm, width: 57.50 cm
Inscriptionsdbcl
AcquisitionPurchased from Mary Bellis, Hungerford, January 1954
LocationFrance, Strasbourg, UK Delegation to Council of Europe
GAC number2525
 

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‘A Cottage in Patterdale, Westmoreland’ was painted by de Loutherbourg as a pendant or companion painting to ‘Skiddaw in Cumberland’ (GAC 2525). Both works were exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1784.

A drawing by painter, illustrator and printmaker Edward Francis Burney, now in the British Museum, shows the Great Room at Somerset House during the Royal Academy exhibition of 1784. In it, these two landscapes can be seen, displayed to either side of a larger painting by de Loutherbourg, titled ‘Brother Bridge, which divides Westmorland from Cumberland’. The larger painting physically divides the two smaller views, acting as a literal ‘bridge’ between de Loutherbourg’s representations of each county.

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Philip James de Loutherbourg

Philip James de Loutherbourg, was born in Germany, the son of a miniaturist and engraver. The family moved to Paris in 1755 where he studied with Carle Van Loo and Jean-Georges Wille, before entering the studio of François Joseph Casanova. He left Paris in 1768 to travel through France, Switzerland and the Rhineland. In 1771 he arrived in London, where David Garrick gave him control of the scenery at Drury Lane Theatre. He remained at the theatre when Sheridan took over. In 1781, he became a member of the Royal Academy. He travelled throughout the UK on sketching tours and began painting naval victories in the 1790s. In 1807 he was made Historical Painter to the Duke of Gloucester. He died in Hammersmith, aged 71.