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. They moved to London in 1802, and Peter was apprenticed to John Raphael Smith (1751-1812), the mezzotint engraver and portrait painter, and purchased his freedom from Smith in 1806, a condition being that he supplied him 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 which was also where John Varley (1778-1842) lived, who gave De Wint lessons. De Wint first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1807, and the following year at the Gallery of Associated Artists in Watercolours and in 1809 entered the Royal Academy schools and on 16 June 1810, married at St Michael-at-the-Mount, Lincoln, Hilton's sister Harriet. Elected an Associate of the Old Watercolour Society in 1810 and made a full member the following year. By that time, as an established drawing-master, he was spending his summers teaching well-to-do provincial families. In 1812 he became a member of the Society of Painters in Watercolours, where he exhibited for many years, as well as at the Royal Academy. 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.

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