Skating in Hyde Park

  • 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.
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  • Details
    Title
    Skating in Hyde Park
    Date
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 87.00 cm, width: 122.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Sir Bruce Ingram, 1963
    Provenance
    [Possibly sold through Christie's, London, on 9 July 1887 (Lot 136), as 'The Skaters - Mr. and Mrs. De L., Picat, and Webber', for £84; from which sale purchased by Vokins;] collection of journalist and newspaper editor Sir Bruce Stirling Ingram (1877-1963); from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in 1963
    GAC number
    1497