Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg R.A. (French) (1740 – 1812)
Etching and aquatint printed in sanguine
Published January 29th 1776 by Victor Marie Picot, The Strand, London
Titled and dated 1776 in the lower margin
Image size – 7 5/8” x 8 ¾” (194mm x 222mm)
Mounted and framed in an antique finished gilt frame IMAGE
For a further example see The Metropolitan Museum Collection Accession Number 59.600.55
His work is also in the collections of The British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Fitzwilliam Collection and the Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
Loutherbourg moved from Paris to London in 1771 and was employed by David Garrick to transform the sets and lighting at the Drury Lane Theatre. During this busy decade he produced caricatures including this humorous take on visitors, possibly at one of the Royal Academy’s early displays (that institution used cramped rooms on Pall Mall between 1769 and 1779). Published January 1776, this print contains figures similar to those found in Loutherbourg’s six “Caricatures of the English” February 1775. “An Exhibition” was published by another Frenchman, Victor Marie Picot, who had settled in London the previous decade.