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Jean Etienne Liotard

(1702-1789), Painter

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Artist associated with 23 portraits
After studying in Paris, Liotard went to Rome in 1735 to paint the portraits of Pope Clement XII and several cardinals. In 1743, he portrayed Empress Maria Theresa and her family in Vienna, where his Oriental costume earned him the nickname of 'the Turkish painter'. He visited England twice, the first time from 1753 to 1755, when he depicted the Princess of Wales. He returned in 1772, and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1773 and 1774, returning to Geneva in 1776, where he spent his final years. In addition to his graceful and delicate pastel drawings he achieved distinction for his enamels and copperplate engravings. He wrote a Treatise on the Art of Painting and was also an art collector.

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Christian Friedrich Zincke; Jean Etienne Liotard

by James Bretherton
etching, published 1762
NPG D20491

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