c.1684 - 1734

Peter Tillemans

Tillemans was born in Antwerp about 1684, son of a diamond-cutter. He studied painting at Antwerp under various masters and as he was noted as the brother-in-law of another Flemish painter, Pieter Casteels (1684-`749), it is assumed that he married before leaving Antwerp. Tillemans was induced to move to London by a picture-dealer called Turner, and spent the rest of his life in England. In 1711 he studied in Kneller's Academy and worked as a scene painter at the Haymarket. He lived at Richmond, Surrey and was a Flemish painter best known for his works country houses and their owners and on sporting subjects, and together with John Wootton (1682-1764)and James Seymour (1702-1752), founders of the English school of sporting painting. He was tutor to several artists including Arthur Devis (1712-1787) and Joseph Francis Nollekens (1702-1748). He died at the house of Dr Cox Macro (16831767), at Little Haugh Hall, Norton, Suffolk on 5 December 1734 and buried in the adjoining village of Stowlangtoft two days later. His collection of paintings had been sold at Cock's, London auction house, conducted by Dr Macro, on 19 and 20 April 1733. William, Lord Byron was a pupil as well as a patron.

Works by This Artist