Jean-Marc Nattier was a French painter who did many portraits of the French royal family during the mid 18th century.
Fashion and culture from the 1700s.
Portrait of a Young Woman in Powder Blue, ca. 1777.
Source: Fergus Hall Master Paintings.
George Romney was one of the major English portrait painters of the late 18th century, and I can’t believe I haven’t featured him earlier!
Armfelt by Adolf Ulrich Wertmüller. Source: Livrustkammaren.
In march an exhibition about Gustav Mauritz Armfelt, Gustav III’s favourite, will open at Livrustkammaren in Stockholm. Until then you can follow the preparations of the exhibition through the exhibition blog.
Fedor Stepanovich Rokotov was a Russian portrait painter.
The Tischbein family was a German family of painters of who the most well known appear to be Johann Heinrich Tischbein the Elder, Johann Friedrich August Tischbein and Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein.
Due to all these artists sharing the same name there seems to be total confusion on the internet regarding who has made which painting (Wikipedia attributes one painting from 1796 to a Tischbein who died in1789…). I haven’t managed to figure it out myself and therefore will show all the Tischbein paintings I have found in this post, but will only state the artists of the ones I’m fairly sure of. If you can shed any light on the subject (perhaps you know in which museums some of these are kept?), do tell!
There is currently a small but very nice exhibition at Åmells fine art dealer in Stockholm, Pehr Hilleström and Swedish 18th century paintings.
Most of the paintings are by Pehr Hilleström, but there are some other artists represented as well, such as Roslin. They also sell a great and very inexpensive little exhibition catalog with information about Hilleström.
Admission is free and the exhibition is open until July 8.
Jens Juel was a Danish artist who painted many portraits of the Danish royal family.
Jens Juel on Wikipedia.
Mesdames les comtesses de Fitz-James et du Nolestin, 1771.
Louis Carrogis Carmontelle is another of my (many) favourite 18th century artists. He was a french artist who did tons of these aquarelle portraits, most of them very similar in composition and with very detailed fashions.
Louis Carrogis Carmontelle on Wikipedia.
John Singleton Copley - The complete works is a website where you yourself can upload missing paintings and drawings to complete the collection. I think it’s a great idea.
The Private Realm of Marie Antoinette by Marie-France Boyer is a wonderful book about the more or less private spaces of Marie Antoinette, at Versailles, Rambouillet and Fontainebleau. It’s filled with interesting information and the pictures are beautiful and plentiful. It’s very easy to read and I think even someone with just a a casual interest in the 18th century will find this book entertaining.
Self portrait, 1785.
Gilbert Stuart was an American portrait painter who lived between 1755 and 1828.
Gilbert Stuart on Wikipedia.
I discovered American portrait painter Ralph Earl through the great blog 18th century American women which I’ve featured here earlier. I love his slightly naive paintings with great attention to costume and detail, and depicting one of my favourite fashion periods, the late 1780s and early 1790s.
Ralph Earl on Wikipedia.
A short Ralph Earl article at Bolton Community News.
An extensive biography of Ralph Earl at Worcester Art Museum.
Ralph Earl: The Face of the Young Republic on Amazon.
Mordet på Gustav III by Lars Ericson Wolke is a tiny little book about (obviously) the murder of Gustav III. It’s very entertainingly written and gives us the facts about both Gustav, his murderer and the whole conspiracy and events leading up to the murder. It’s a quick and interesting read and there are quite a lot of pictures as well.
It’s only available in Swedish as far as I know.