A View on Hampstead Heath, looking towards London
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About the artist
Aquatint engraver Francis Jukes was born in Martley, Worcestershire. Nothing is known of his parents. He initially worked as a topographical painter, before becoming one of the first British aquatint engravers. He is thought to have learnt the method from Paul Sandby and some of his first aquatints are after Sandby’s designs. Dukes mainly produced prints of landscape or seascape subjects. He illustrated the Rev. William Gilpin’s ‘Observations on the River Wye’ (published 1782). His early prints were published in collaboration with Valentine Green and he later collaborated with Robert Pollard. Illness towards the end of his life may have been caused by fumes from the acid he used in the aquatinting process. He died in 1812, aged about 67.
Landscape artist Francis James Sarjent was based in London. He gave his address as '10, Howland Street' (off Tottenham Court Road), when he exhibited two works at the Royal Academy in 1802 and 1803. They were titled 'View of the city of London from the fields below Hampstead' and 'A View of Woolwich, looking down the river'. A watercolour by Sarjent was sold through Christie's, London, in 1987 and two further watercolours by the artist were sold through Sotheby's, London, in 1985 and 1994.