Victors of the Nile
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About the artist
John George Landseer was born in Lincoln; the son of a jeweller. After moving to London, he was apprenticed to W. Byrne. His earliest work was for J. Farington’s ‘Views in the Lake Country’ (1784-88). He also produced plates for D. Hume’s ‘History of England’ (1792-93) and engraved P. J. de Loutherbourg’s Bible vignettes (1794). His children include engraver Thomas (1793/4-1880), painter Charles (1799/1800-1879), painter Sir Edwin (1802-1873) and miniaturists Jessica (1807-1880) and Emma (1809-1895). He campaigned for engravers to be full members of the Royal Academy, becoming an associate in 1806. He published his ‘Lectures on the Art of Engraving’ (1807) and two short-lived journals. From 1837 he was engraver to William IV. He died at 89.
Robert Smirke was born in Wigton, Carlisle. He was brought to London by his father in 1766 and apprenticed to a coach painter named Bromley. He entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1772 and exhibited at the Academy from 1786 to 1800, in 1805 and in 1815. He became an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1791 and a full Royal Academician two years later. Smirke specialised in unusually small scale scenes from literary or theatrical subjects, and his works are often humorous. His radical and revolutionary opinions led George III to bar his appointment as Keeper of the Royal Academy in 1804. The artist died at the age of 92 at his home in Osnaburgh Terrace, near Regent's Park, London.
- Nelson, Horatio, Viscount NelsonSaumarez, James, 1st Baron de SaumarezTroubridge, Sir Thomas, 1st BaronetDarby, Henry D'EsterreLouis, Sir Thomas, 1st BaronetPeyton, JohnBall, Sir John AlexanderHood, Sir Samuel, 1st BaronetGould, Sir DavidgeFoley, Sir ThomasWestcott, George BlagdenThompson, Sir Charles, 1st BaronetCarew, Sir Benjamin HallowellMiller, Ralph WillettBerry, Sir Edward, Baronet
- trumpet, allegory & symbolism, group portrait, tree, palm, smoke, sea, naval officer, sphinx, winged victory, Battle of the Nile, ship
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