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Title Landscape with a Gateway and Cattle
Collection Wisbech and Fenland Museum
Artist Attributed to Loutherbourg, Philip James de (French painter and scenographer, 1740-1812, active in Great Britain)
Date Earliest probably about 1786
Date Latest probably about 1800
Description Born in Strasbourg in 1740, Philip James de Loutherbourg trained in Paris before moving to London in 1781. He first found fame in the capital for his innovative stage scenery and for his Eidophusikon, or mechanical theatre, first exhibited in 1781. Alongside his theatrical experiments, de Loutherbourg regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy, translating his love of spectacle into visually dramatic nocturnal landscapes and experiments in the sublime. The present work represents the more conventional side of the artist's work as a painter. Rather than represent a particular scene, this image is a picturesque invention, possibly derived from sketches made by the artist during his travels through England and Wales.
Current Accession Number WISFM:1938.25.33
Subject landscape; animal (cow, sheep); figure; buildings and gardens
Measurements 54.0 x 71 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by J. L. Kirk 1938.
Rights Owner Wisbech and Fenland Museum
Author Richard Johns



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