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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg (1740-1812), Painter

Painting by Thomas Gainsborough, half length. Dulwich Picture Gallery (E. K. Waterhouse, Gainsborough, 1958, no.456). Exhibited RA 1778 (408). De Loutherbourg was a particular friend of Gainsborough (who admired the Eidophusikon) and drew his portrait probably at the same time (Yale Center for British Art; B1986.29.61). A pencil copy was on the London art market in 1991.

Painting by Henry Singleton, President and Members of the Royal Academy.

Drawing by Sarah Singleton, half length. Christie’s, 12 February 1974, lot 32. Engraved anon. 1798.

Miniature by Richard Cosway, bust-length oval. Sotheby’s, 7 May 1946, lot 68, from the Ashcroft collection (illus. Connoisseur, LXXV, 1926, p 137, and XCIV, 1934, p 224). Copy by John Jackson, ‘from a miniature picture in the Possession of Mrs de Loutherbourg’ engraved H. Meyer 1813. Cosway shared De Loutherbourg’s interest in the supernatural: ‘Mr Cosway as well as Mr De Loutherbourg has had a call’ (Gazetteer, 20 February 1790).

Miniature by W. P. J. Lodder (De Loutherbourg’s pupil), exhibited RA 1801 (725).

Painting by De Loutherbourg, see NPG 2493.

De Loutherbourg is said to appear as a tiny skater in his Winter Morning 1776 (private collection, Paris, 1973) and in the Landscape in which the artist has introduced a portrait of himself with his gun and dog, sold Foster’s, 28-29 May 1829 (see De Loutherbourg, Kenwood, 1973, under nos.1 and 22).

Doubtful Portraits
Painting attributed to Hoppner, from the Deland Museum of Art, Florida, sold Phillips, 6 July 1999, lot 17, alleged to show De Loutherbourg and his wife; drawing c.1770 formerly identified as a self portrait in the Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt (cf. De Loutherbourg, Kenwood, 1973, under no.1).

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.