DE WINT, Peter

1784 - 1849

Peter de Wint

Peter de Wint was born at Stone, Staffordshire on 21 January 1784, fourth son of an English physician of Dutch extraction, who had come to England from New York. The family moved to London in 1802, when Peter was apprenticed to John Raphael Smith (1751-1812), the mezzotint engraver and portrait painter, purchasing his freedom from Smith in 1806, with a condition that he supplied Smith with eighteen oil paintings over the following two years. De Wint, together with historical painter William Hilton the younger (1786-1839), R.A., lived at Broad Street, Golden Square also where John Varley (1778-1842) lived, and Varley gave De Wint lessons. De Wint exhibited at the Royal Academy and in 1808 he exhibited at the Gallery of Associated Artists in Watercolours and in 1809 entered the Royal Academy Schools and in 1810 elected an Associate of the Old Watercolour Society and made a full member the following year. On 16 June 1810, he married at St Michael-at-the-Mount, Lincoln, William Hilton's sister Harriet. By this time, as an established drawing-master, he was spending his summers instructing well-to-do provincial families and in 1812 he became a member of the Royal Institute of Painters tn Water Colours, where he exhibited for many years. His life was devoted to art; he painted admirably in oils but ranks as one of the chief English watercolorists. He frequently visited his wife's home city of Lincoln, and many of his panoramic landscapes and haymaking scenes are set in Lincolnshire. Not strictly a Suffolk Painter but his painting of Walberswick church is in the Ipswich Borough collections and his only child Helen de Wint, married at St Pancras Church, London on 17 October 1844, Paul Tatlock, owner of Bramfield House, Suffolk and the family lived there until they died out in 1969. Peter de Wint died 'after a protracted illness' at his London home in Upper Gower Street, Westminster on 30 January 1849, aged 65.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from 46 Windmill Street, Charlotte Street, Fitzroy Square, London
1807 26 View of Trentham Hall, the seat of the Marquis of Stafford
         639 View of Titterson Common, Staffordshire
         777 View of High Torr, Matlock, Derbyshire
from 10 Percy Street, London
1814 273 A Distant View of Barden Tower, Yorkshire
1815 290 A Corn Field
1818 ?
1819 418 View of a Water Mill in Derbyshire
1820 302 View of Bolton Castle, Yorkshire
from 40 Upper Gower Street, Bedford Square, London
1828 266 Vessel in a Fog

Works by This Artist