Peter De Wint

British landscape painter (1784-1849), watercolourist and drawing master

De Wint was the son of a Doctor from New York, of Dutch extraction, who had settled in Stoke-on-Trent. He moved to London in 1802 to begin an apprenticeship with the mezzotint engraver John Raphael Smith, from whom he purchased his freedom in 1806 with 18 oil paintings. He took lessons from John Varley and attended Dr. Munro's 'Informal Academy' where he encountered Thomas Girtin's work. In 1809 he entered the Royal Academy schools and was at this time painting as much in oils as in watercolour, though having less sucess in oils he concentrated on watercolours for the rest of his career.

He became an associate member of the Society of Painters in Watercolours in 1810 and a full member in 1811, exhibiting over 400 watercolours there until his death. De Wint established himself as a drawing master, spending his summers travelling around England and Wales, teaching in the homes of wealthy families. His tours included repeated trips to the Lake District, Wales and Shropshire as well as to Lincoln and the surrounding countryside. He made only one visit abroad, to Normandy, in 1828. He was known and admired for naturalistic landscapes of Northern England, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and the Trent and Thames valleys.
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  • Born
    21 January 1784
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Staffordshire: Hanley
  • Died
    30 June 1849
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London
  • Cause of death
    Heart disease
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