Philip James de Loutherbourg

A Midsummer's Afternoon with a Methodist Preacher

1777
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
Title
A Midsummer's Afternoon with a Methodist Preacher
Date
1777
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
96.5 x 126.4 cm
Nationality
British
Credit line
Purchased 1932
Accession number
4057