Commemoration of Victory of 1 June 1794 [“The Glorious First of June”; Third Battle of Ushant]

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    Francesco Bartolozzi was born in Italy. He became a pupil of the German painter and printmaker Joseph Wagner, then based in Venice. In 1764, he was invited to England by Frederick Augusta Barnard, King George III's Librarian. Although best known for copying Old Master drawings in the stipple technique (such as his reproductions of Guercino’s drawings in the Royal Collection), Bartolozzi also engraved plates after contemporary artists (notably Giovanni Battista Cipriani and Angelica Kauffmann). He set up a studio in London, which produced large numbers of ‘furniture prints’ (generally set within a roundel or oval and intended for framing). In 1802 he left England to become Director of the Lisbon Academy in Portugal.

    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.
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    Howe, Richard, Earl HoweGraves, Thomas, 1st Baron GravesBowyer, Sir George, 5th BaronetGardner, Alan, 1st Baron GardnerCaldwell, Sir BenjaminHood, Alexander, Viscount BridportPasley, Sir Thomas, 1st BaronetMontagu, JamesPigot, HughMackenzie, ThomasPringle, ThomasCurtis, Sir Roger, 1st BaronetHarvey, Sir HenryParker, Sir William, 1st BaronetHarvey, JohnMolloy, AnthonyBazeley, JohnGambier, James, Baron GambierSeymour, Lord HughCotton, Sir Charles, 5th BaronetPakenham, Sir ThomasCollingwood, Cuthbert, Baron CollingwoodDouglas, Sir Andrew SnapeDuckworth, Sir John Thomas, 1st BaronetPayne, John WillettBerkeley, Sir George CranfieldBertie, Sir Albemarle, BaronetDomett, Sir WilliamHutt, JohnNicholls, Sir HenryWestcott, George BlagdenSchomberg, IsaacElphinstone, George Keith, Viscount KeithHope, Sir William Johnstone
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    Commemoration of Victory of 1 June 1794 [“The Glorious First of June”; Third Battle of Ushant]
    published 1804
    Purchased from Colnaghi, June 1952
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