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Sawrey Gilpin

(1733-1807), Painter of horses

Sitter in 4 portraits
Sawrey Gilpin was an English animal painter. Born in Cumbria, he was the son of a soldier and amateur artist. Apprenticed to the marine painter Samuel Scott, Gilpin specialised in painting horses, which he sometimes added to backgrounds by other artists, including Philip Reinagle, George Barret and J.M.W. Turner. Gilpin exhibited with the Incorporated Society of Artists from 1762 to 1783, becoming a director in 1773 and president in 1774. He was director and president of the Society of Artists, and a member of the Royal Academy from 1796.

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