East Street, Chichester
Coloured aquatintJune 1814
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About the artist
Joseph Francis Gilbert, landscape painter, was the son of ‘an inventor of several ingenious plans for firing bombs’, according to an article in the ‘Art Journal’ of 1855. By 1813 he was living in Portsmouth and had begun exhibiting at the Royal Academy. He later moved to Chichester in Sussex and continued to exhibit his work at the British Institution, the Society of British Artists and the Royal Manchester Institution. Gilbert’s landscape paintings are primarily of locations in Sussex but also include views of Wales and the Lake District. Some are up to six feet in width and several were published as engravings. Gilbert died in Southwark, London, at about the age of 63.
Matthew Dubourg was a London-based aquatint engraver of sporting, military and topographical views, made after works by contemporary artists. He often collaborated with the draughtsman and aquatint engraver John Clark. Dubourg exhibited two miniature portraits at the Royal Academy in 1786 and 1797, when his address was 17 Duke Street, off Manchester Square. He later exhibited a ‘Scene near Vauxhall’ at the Academy in 1808, by which time he had moved to 22 East Street, Lambeth.