Paintings of scenes from plays by Degas, Seurat, Georges Clairin, and others.
How to buy fresh milk in central London, what the Scythians lived on, and more. Paintings by Millet, Delacroix, Winslow Homer, and others.
Features Harriet Backer’s masterpiece, and paintings by Giorgione, Ford Madox Brown, Jules Breton and his daughter, and others.
When he died 200 years ago today, he was honoured with burial in Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London. Not bad for an American painter.
His last chance to establish ‘modern’ history painting, with the Napoleonic Wars and the death of Admiral Lord Nelson.
With ‘modern history paintings’ long behind him, he turned to literary subjects and classical histories once more.
He took a break from ‘modern history’ painting in the 1780s, making religious works and even some landscapes, including some unknown gems.
Includes his record of William Penn making his treaty with the Lenape, a strange family portrait, and an obscure naval battle.
A Pennsylvanian, he wanted to be a great history painter. When returning from a visit to Italy, he stopped off in London, and stayed there almost 60 years.
Look for series covering the life and paintings of Raphael, the Swedish Anders Zorn, Amedeo Modigliani, and articles on others with anniversaries this year.