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Lorenzo de' Medici

John Phillip – A Scottish Christening
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A Scottish Christening

John Phillip


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Artist Biography

John, or ‘Spanish’, Phillip (Scottish – 1817-1867) was a portrait and genre painter who is primarily remembered for his colourful scenes of Spanish life. He was born in Aberdeen and was initially apprenticed to a house painter. At the age of seventeen he was a stowaway on a boat to London, and spent an entire day looking at paintings in the Royal Academy. He became determined to become a painter and in 1836 was given £50 by lord Panmere in order to finally begin his studies. He began under the tutelage of the Scottish portrait painter T.M. Joy, and later attended the Royal Academy Schools in London. There he met Richard Dadd and William Powell Frith, with whom he founded a sketching club known as ‘The Clique’. In 1839 Phillips returned to Aberdeen where, under the influence of David Wilkie, he painted scenes taken from Scottish life. He returned to London in 1846 where he married Maria, the younger sister of Richard Dadd. During the 1850s he became extremely successful and gained tile patronage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. They bought a number of his genre subjects, and commissioned him to paint a large portrait group, containing over forty heads, of the marriage of the Princess Royal to Frederick William of Prussia. Phillip first visited Spain in 1851, following the advise of his doctor. This was to be the first of a series of visits that inspired paintings like ‘La Gloria’ and ‘The Dying Contrabandista'. Phillip himself died in 1867 at the age of fifty nine, after a life of poor health and personal family problems.

Paper / Board

255gsm Art Paper

Our standard prints are reproduced on a premium semi matt finish paper. Its micro-porous resin coating provides exceptional colour accuracy and stability

315gsm Museum Quality Watercolour Art Board, Acid Free

Our watercolour board has a natural white finish with a slightly structured, soft-textured surface equivalent to a traditional etching fine art paper. The surface has a special matte coating, designed for high quality fine art reproduction with giclée technology. It is an archival quality paper with great colour accuracy.

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