May 14, 1727, Sudbury, Suffolk, Eng.
d. Aug. 2, 1788, London
portrait and landscape painter, the most versatile English painter of
the 18th century. Some of his early portraits show the sitters grouped
in a landscape ("Mr. and Mrs. Andrews," c. 1750). As he became famous
and his sitters fashionable, he adopted a more formal manner that owed
something to Anthony Van Dyck ("The Blue Boy," c. 1770). His landscapes
are of idyllic scenes. During his last years he also painted seascapes
and idealized full-size pictures of rustics and country children.
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