Category 1700 – 1790

Rodolphe Töpffer (1799 – 1846)

Tōpffer was born and died in Geneva. He studied literature and became a teacher and docent at the University. In his free time, he wrote short illustrated stories. Such as: Histoire de Monsieur Jabot Monsieur Crepin Histoire de Monsieur Vieux… Continue Reading →

Louis-Léopold Boilly (1761-1845)

Boilly was born in La Bassée in Northern France and died in 1845 during the Restauration and July Monarchy. He started painting at the age of 13 and was practically autodidact influenced by Dutch 17th century genre painters Gabriel Metsu… Continue Reading →

Thomas Rowlandson (1756- 1827)

Rowlandson was born in Old Jewry, in the City of London. His father, William, had been a weaver but had moved into trading supplies for the textile industry and after overextending himself was declared bankrupt in 1759. Rowlandson was educated… Continue Reading →

Jacques Louis David (1748-1825)

David began as a pupil of Boucher and stayed from 1775 to 1780 in Rome. He began to specialize in heroic scenes based on ancient art. In 1783 he received a state order of Louis XVI for the “Oath of the… Continue Reading →

Johann Caspar Lavater (1741-1801)

Lavater was a Swiss theologian and minister in the Saint Peters church in Zurich. He belongs to the nomination of pietism fostering an intuitive and emotionally form of Christianity. To promote mutual understanding and love between people, he embarked as an amateur psychologist… Continue Reading →

Franz Xaver Messerschmidt (1736-1783)

Wiesensteig Born in the southwestern town of Wiesensteig, located in the region of the Swabian Jura Germany, Messerschmidt grew up in the Munich home of his uncle, the sculptor Johann Baptist Straub, who became his first master. Fine Arts in… Continue Reading →

Daniel Chodowiecki (1726-1801)

Daniel Chodowiecki, born in Danzig and died in Berlin, is one of the little masters, but interested in representing emotions. In the art of printing at that time, this was something new. Long time it was not common knowledge that a… Continue Reading →

George Townshend (1724-1807)

After the sophisticated and professional social satire of William Hogarth (1697-1764) starts in England the period of journalistic satire with an emphasis on current topics from daily politics. One of the pioneers in this branch was the Brigadier General George… Continue Reading →

Jean Huber (1721-1786)

Huber was a Swiss painter and silhouettist, born in Geneva and he died in Lausanne. He started without having any training. He specialized in painting birds, but he had also talents as a caricaturist. VOLTAIRE (1694-1778) In 1756 Huber visited Voltaire… Continue Reading →

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION  The American Revolution began with the Boston Tea Party in 1774. Civilians dressed as Indians threw in the port of Boston cargo’s of tea overboard because they refused to pay British tax on tea. The British government saw… Continue Reading →

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