John Laporte

John Laporte (1761 - 1839) was a drawing master, watercolour artist and etcher, primarily of landscapes

John Laporte (1761 - 1839) was possibly born in Dublin and lived and worked in London. He trained under the Dublin-born Huguenot landscape painter John Melchior Barralet. Laporte’s first exhibited works at both the Royal Academy and the British Institution, from 1785 onwards, were mostly landscapes. From the 1790s he travelled widely, including to the Isle of Wight, Wales, the Lake District and Ireland. In the early 19th century he may also have visited Madeira, Italy and Switzerland, but it is also possible that his exhibited views may have been worked up from other travellers' drawings.

He became a successful drawing master, and in 1812 produced a lesson book, ‘The Progress of a Water-Coloured Drawing’. His most distinguished pupil was the art collector Dr Thomas Monro (1759 - 1833), the patron of Thomas Girtin (1775 - 1802) and JMW Turner (1775 - 1851). Laporte may have known Turner, and his work does sometimes show hints of Turner's early manner. However, Laporte’s style is most commonly compared with that of Paul Sandby (1731 - 1809). He favoured watercolour and gouache, only occasionally working in oils. He also made etchings and in 1819 collaborated with the landscape artist William Frederick Wells (1762 – 1836) on a set of 72 etchings, entitled 'A Collection of Prints illustrative of English Scenery, from the Drawings and Sketches of Thomas Gainsborough'.
  • Gender
    Male
  • Relationship
    Artist/maker
  • Nationality
    British: English
  • Born
    1761
  • Place of birth
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Died
    1839-07-08
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London
  • Cause of death
    Decay of nature
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