John Boultbee (artist)

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John Boultbee
Born(1753-06-04)June 4, 1753
DiedNovember 30, 1812(1812-11-30) (aged 59)

John Boultbee (Artist) (1753 - 1812) was an English painter of equestrian and other sporting subjects. He was born in Osgathorpe, Leicestershire on 4 June 1753 and died in Liverpool on 30 November 1812. Boultbee entered the Royal Academy School in 1775 and became a pupil of Sir Joshua Reynolds exhibiting in London, including at the Royal Academy, from that date.

John Boultbee was greatly admired by George III, who commissioned several horse-portraits by him and assigned him a residence in Windsor Great Park so that he might carry out his painting duties more conveniently. Boultbee was influenced by the work of George Stubbs, and Sawrey Gilpin. Later in life he lived and worked in Derby, Leicestershire, Chester and finally Liverpool where he died in 1812.

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  • Noakes, Aubrey, Sportsmen in a landscape. Lippincott, 1954.
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