A True Representation of Tower Hill as it Appear’d from a rais’d point of View on the North side, Aug.t ye 18th 1746, when the Earl of Kilmarnock and the Lord Balmerino were Beheaded
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One of the few sources of information on painter George Budd is ‘Anecdotes of painters’, written by Edward Edwards and Horace Walpole (published 1808). It tells us that Budd, who was probably born in London, kept a hosier's shop before abandoning the business to devote himself to art. He painted a wide variety of subjects, including portraits, landscapes, and still lifes, mostly executed in oil. Budd studied at Dr Newcome's Academy in Hackney, Middlesex, and also gave drawing lessons. A portrait by him of shoemaker Timothy Bennett, was mezzotinted by W. McArdell in 1756. Budd’s painting of the execution of the earl of Kilmarnock and Lord Balmerino in 1746 was also engraved. However, the landscapes in oil painted by the artist are now lost.
Engraver Pierre [Peter] Charles Canot is thought to have been born in France in c.1710; the brother of painter Philippe Canot. He was presumably in London by c.1735, when he produced hunting prints after paintings by John Wootton. A further set of prints, after marine works painted by Peter Monamy, were published in 1746. In 1758 he began a lasting collaboration with marine artist Richard Paton. The outbreak of the Seven Years' War brought commissions for depictions of the many naval engagements. He exhibited 19 works at the Society of Artists from 1760 to 1769 and was elected one of the original associate engravers of the Royal Academy in 1770, exhibiting there until 1776. Canot died at his home in Hampstead Road, in the winter of 1777-78.
- A True Representation of Tower Hill as it Appear’d from a rais’d point of View on the North side, Aug.t ye 18th 1746, when the Earl of Kilmarnock and the Lord Balmerino were Beheaded
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- Purchased from Frank T Sabin, July 1965
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