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Jean Baptiste van Loo (1684-1745)
Artist associated with 56 portraits
Jean-Baptiste van Loo was a French subject- and portrait-painter. Born at Aix-en-Provence, he was instructed in art by his father Louis-Abraham van Loo. He worked in a number of cities in France and Italy decorating churches and public buildings and painting church pictures. While in Turin he painted the portraits of Charles Emmanuel II, Duke of Savoy and several members of his court. In 1737, Van Loo went to England, where his portraits of Colley Cibber and Owen McSwiny attracted much attention. He painted portraits of Sir Robert Walpole and the prince and princess of Wales. However, he did not remain long in England; his failing health caused him to return to France in 1742.