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Skating in Hyde Park

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ArtistPhilip James de Loutherbourg (1740-1812)
TitleSkating in Hyde Park
MediumOil on canvas
Provenance[Possibly sold through Christie's, London, on 9 July 1887 (Lot 136), as 'The Skaters - Mr. and Mrs. De L., Picat, and Webber', for £84; from which sale purchased by Vokins;] collection of journalist and newspaper editor Sir Bruce Stirling Ingram (1877-1963); from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in 1963
ExhibitionPossibly Royal Academy, London, 1776 (catalogue number 174), as 'A Winter Morning, with a party skating'
Dimensionsheight: 87.00 cm, width: 122.00 cm
AcquisitionPurchased from Sir Bruce Ingram, 1963
LocationUK, London, Government Art Collection
GAC number1497

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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.