Tinmouth Castle from the North, with a View of the Haven, etc.
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About the artist
Francois Vivares was born near Montpellier, France. He was apprenticed to a tailor but made drawings, etchings and engravings in his spare time. He moved to London, aged 18, to study under French engraver and draughtsman Jean-Baptiste-Claude Chatelain and later under Italian painter Jacopo Amigoni. By 1744 he was publishing prints. He opened a print shop near Leicester Fields (now Leicester Square), producing prints after his own work, that of his pupils and ‘of the best Masters’. He became one of the most renowned landscape engravers of his time and is particularly known for engravings after the works of French painter Claude Lorrain. In 1766, he became a member of the Incorporated Society of Artists. He died in London, aged 71.
John ‘Warwick’ Smith was born in Cumberland, the son of a gardener to the sister of Captain John Bernard Gilpin. Gilpin gave him lessons and took him on sketching trips. In about 1775, he met the Earl of Warwick, who funded his stay in Italy (1776-81). He continued producing Italian pictures after his return. He later travelled on UK sketching tours and received commissions for series of watercolours, including 56 of Perthshire and 26 of the Isle of Man for the Duke of Atholl. He made several trips to Wales between 1784 and 1806, resulting in 15 plates for ‘A Tour to Hafod in Cardiganshire’ (1810). In 1805, he became a member of the Society of Painters in Watercolour and was later its President. He died at the age of 81 in London.