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Title The Milkmaid
Collection Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Loutherbourg, Philip James de (French painter and scenographer, 1740-1812, active in Great Britain)
Date Earliest about 1800
Date Latest about 1812
Signed yes
Description Loutherbourg studied art under Tischbein and Francesco Casanova. He had a successful career in Paris where he studied under Carle van Loo before moving to London in 1771. He is noted for the invention of theeidophusikon, an entertainment that showed moving pictures of shipwrecks and other exciting scenes through the manipulation of coloured lights.

This painting belongs to the rustic genre. The style of the brushwork suggests a date of the second half of his English period.

Current Accession Number 1920P682
Former Accession Number P.68220
Inscription front (?) 'P. J. de Loutherbourg'
Subject everyday life (milkmaid)
Measurements 36.6 x 45.1 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by the John Feeney Bequest Fund 1920.
Principal Exhibitions National Library of Wales, 1956; Peintures et Aquarelles Anglaises, Lyon, 1966, cat. no. 73; Two Centuries of English Painting, Prague & Bratislava, 1969, cat. no. 94; P. J. de Loutherbourg, Kenwood House, 1973, cat. no. 13; Pittura Inglese 1660 - 1840, Palazzo Reale, Milan, 1975, cat. no. 55.
Publications Ormond, R., 'Victorian Painting and Patronage', Apollo, 1968, p. 251; Catalogue of Paintings in Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery, 1960; Foreign Paintings in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, A Summary Catalogue, 1983.
Notes Not examined. Location of signature unknown.
Rights Owner Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Author Dr Patricia Smyth
 

 

 

 

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