Ramsgate, with a View of the New Light-House
Colour aquatintpublished 1 October 1808
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About the artist
John Hill was an aquatint engraver of topographical views, costume and marine subjects. He produced engravings after the work of contemporary artists, including Augustus Charles Pugin, Edward Dayes and Philip James de Loutherbourg. Hill worked in London from about 1800 to 1814. He later emigrated to the United States, where he died.
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.