About the work
This aquatint print is a plate from 'The Romantic and Picturesque Scenery of England and Wales'. The publication included ‘Historical and Descriptive Accounts of the several places of which views are given’. It was published by miniature painter and publisher Robert Bowyer (1758-1834). All the prints were engraved by William Pickett, after original drawings by Philip James de Loutherbourg, and coloured by John Clarke.
About the artist
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.