S/95788 Bull and Cows by John Laporte
1761 to 1839
Oil on Canvas
Canvas size: 12x17.75 in. (30.5x45 cm.)
Frame size: 17.25x23 in. (44x58.5 cm.)
John Laporte painted in both oil and watercolour and was born in 1761. He was the father of the well known artist, George Henry Laporte, 1799-1873, who painted animal and sporting subjects and the lesser known Miss Mary Ann Laporte, flourished 1799-1873, who painted portraits and figure subjects, in particular of children. He was a pupil of John Melchior Barralet, circa 1750 - circa 1787, and painted mainly in watercolour with bodycolour, occasionally combining them with soft-ground etching. He was an accomplished engraver and produced a series of soft-ground etchings after Gainsborough with William Frederick Wells, 1762-1836. In his topographical works he was influenced by Paul Sandby, 1725-1809, and in his landscapes often used a strong line of a wood or cliff at a diagonal to the horizon. He became a drawing master at Addiscombe Military Academy as well as taking many private pupils, including Doctor Thomas Monro, 1759-1833. He was one of the founder members of the Associated Artists in Watercolours in 1808, which was short-lived disbanding in 1812. Among his books that were published were 'Sketches of Trees (1798-1801) and 'Progress of Watercolour Drawing'.
He exhibited at the Watercolour Society and at the British Institution, 1807-1835, The Royal Society of British Artists, 1825-1835, and the Royal Academy from 1779 till 1832, his first work shown there titled, 'A View near Harrow, Middlesex; a drawing'. Examples of his work may be seen at the British Museum and at the Victoria and Albert Museum. He died in London in 1839.
109 Royal Academy
102 British Institution
17 Royal Society of British Artists