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A Midsummer's Afternoon with a Methodist Preacher, 1777

Philip James de Loutherbourg
French, British, 1740 - 1812
oil on canvas
96.5 x 126.4 cm
Purchased 1932
National Gallery of Canada (no. 4057)

Born in Strasbourg, Loutherbourg rose to the position of court painter to Louis XV and became a member of the Académie Royale before settling in London in 1771. In his choice of subject for this genre piece, Loutherbourg links the art of painting to the eighteenth-century English tradition of moralizing and satirical caricatures. In composing the landscape, however, he has clearly responded to French and Dutch painting. Frame: carved wood, gilded. Britain, first half 18th century, after a French model

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