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Richard Westall
English Late 18th / Early 19th c. Painter, illustrator
English, (1765–1836)
b. 1765 in Hertford, England; d. Dec. 4, 1836 in London, England.
Trained in the 18th century style, adapted to the trend in Romanticism. History and pastoral scenes; book illustration. He watercolors were known for their rich color effects. Westall apprenticed to a silver engraver (John Thompson, Cheapside), and was then advised by the miniature-painter John Alefounder to become a painter, due to his skill. He was admitted to the Royal Academy as a student in 1785. He shared a house in London with Thomas Lawrence from 1790-94. Employed by Alderman John Boydell for book illustrations and by Bowyer for illustrating his "History of England". He was best in watercolors, and a large number of his painters were made into engravings. Westall also did engravings himself, and published aquatints, etchings, and mezzotints from his own pictures and drawings. He died in London in relative poverty.
Dict. natl. biog.; RILA/BHA; Thieme-Becker; Oxford Dictionary of Art.

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