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Richard Corbould

1757–1831, London

Richard Corbould from London was an extremely versatile and productive artist who, having studied under the landscape draughtsman Robert Marris, initially specialised in the painting of English and Welsh landscapes in oils and watercolours. However, he soon turned his attention to portraits and history scenes and also tried his hand as a miniaturist and porcelain painter. He first displayed his works in 1776 at the Free Society and from 1777 onwards regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts (1777–1811). From the early 1780s Corbould was mainly active as a book illustrator and contributed to many journals and newspapers, including The Spectator and the Guardian.