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Painting Title Dovedale in Derbyshire
Alternative Title Mountain Landscape; Mountain Landscape with Sheep
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Loutherbourg, Philippe Jacques de (Alsatian painter, illustrator, and scenographer, 1740-1812)
Date 1784 (dated)
Signed yes
Description Sheep and cattle graze on a grassy foreground ledge, with two shepherds sitting on the right. Rocky mountains rise in the middle distance. A very similar landscape was depicted by Loutherbourg in his painting Lodore Waterfall, near Keswick, also signed and dated 1784 (Government Art Collection). Philip James de Loutherbourg (Philippe-Jacques, or Philipp Jakob), sometimes refered to as the Younger, was born in Strasbourg. He settled in London in 1771 and became known for his landscape paintings, set designs for London theatres, and his invention of a mechanical theatre called the 'Eidophusikon'. This painting has been identified by Dr. R. Joppie as that exhibited by Loutherbourg at the Royal Academy in 1784 (no. 25), where it was sketched by E.F. Burney.
Current Accession Number YORAG : 995
Inscription front lr (on boulder) P. J. de Loutherbourg, 1784
Subject landscape; everyday life; figure; animal (cattle)
Measurements 97.8 x 129.5 cm
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased from A. Coulter Esq., York 1961.
Provenance Mrs. Hannah Entwhistle sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 1 February 1908, lot 133, purchased by Lt.-Col. A.E. Loyd Hardcastle; Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 18 July 1941, lot 85, purchased by A.H. Smith.
Principal Exhibitions Royal Academy, London, 1784, no. 25; Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg, Kenwood House, London, 1973, no. 36; Landscape in Britain c. 17501850, Tate Gallery, London, 1973, no. 131; European Landscape Painting, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 1978, no. 43; British Painting: 1660-1840, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, and Palazzo Reale, Milan, 1975, no 93; Look Alike (Themes and Variations in Art), National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1982; Sun, Wind and Rain: the Awakening of British Landscape Painting, Tochigi Kenritsu Bijutsukan, 1992, no. 37.
Publications PREVIEW. City of York Art Gallery Quarterly, 57, January 1962, vol. XV, p. 543 (illustration); York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings vol. II: English School 1500-1850, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1963, p. 63, pl. 24; PREVIEW. City of York Art Gallery Quarterly, 104, 1973, vol. XXVI, pp. 931-35; Joppien, R., Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg, RA, 1740-1812, London, 1973, cat. 36; Parris, L., Landscape in Britain c. 17501850, London 1973, cat. 131; Catalogue Supplement 1974: Amendments and Additions to Catalogue Volumes I and II, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1975, pp. 18-19; Thompson, C., Look Alike (Themes and Variations in Art), Edinburgh, 1982, p. 14; Rosenthal, M., British Landscape Painting, Oxford, 1982, pp. 56, 61, pl. 47; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 305.
Rights Owner York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)
Author Dr Magdalena Łanuszka



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