Landscape with figures

Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg, 1763

WAG 2899

About this object

The artist spent most of his life in England but was French-born and trained. This early painting displays many conventions of the mid-18th century French landscape school. The scene itself is an invention and an excuse for a formal exercise. Warm and cool areas are carefully balanced, different types of scenery are combined to lead the eye across the work, and the whole is lit so that the animals and the couple stand out while other areas remain in shadow. When the painting was shown at the Paris Salon in 1763 it was praised by the great French writer on art, Diderot. Interestingly, the qualities which he singled out were the work's delicious freshness and the truth to nature.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Landscape with Figures and Animals: The Hour of the Day is Morning; Landscape with Figures
  • Artist(s)
    Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg (French, born:1740-10-31, died:1812-03-11)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Oil; Canvas
  • Measurements
    canvas/support: 114 cm x 194 cm
  • Physical description
    A landscape with three figures and livestock highlighted in the centre in front of a rocky precipice. There is a stream on the right, where hills can be seen in the distance beneath a calm sky. The woodland on the left is more dense than areas of the composition, with a tree trunk reaching as high as the precipice..
  • Related people
    Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 2899
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1952
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: P.J. LOUTHERBOURG / 1763
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Lower right
Object view = Fine Art
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