Peter Paillou (c.1720 – c.1790) was a British artist best known for his paintings of birds, many of which were used as book illustrations.
Life and career
Little is known of his early life but it is believed that he came to Britain from France in the early part of the eighteenth century.
He was given a commission to paint a gilded pheasant in 1745. He was employed by Thomas Pennant to paint pictures of birds, many of which were engraved by Peter Mazell for use as plates in Pennant's books.
His son, also named Peter Paillou (1757–1831), was a painter of portraits including miniatures. He practised in London for 20 years before moving to Glasgow for some years, where he charged eight guineas for a miniature and ten guineas for a three quarter length portrait in oils.
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