Catalogue entry

Philip James de Loutherbourg 1740–1812

T00921 Travellers Attacked by Banditti 1781

Inscribed ‘PJde Loutherbourg RA 1781’ b. r.
Canvas, 26½x41¿ (67.25x105) on stretcher 26¿x41¿ (67.5x106.25).
Purchased from Chichester Antiques Limited (Grant-in-Aid) 1967.
Coll:...;Mr Emery of the Bush Inn, Ovington, Hampshire, sold to Chichester Antiques Ltd.
Repr: ‘La Chronique des Arts’, Supplement to Gazette des Beaux-Arts, Feb. 1968, pl. 380.

De Loutherbourg first exhibited a drawing of ‘Banditti’ at the R.A. in 1773 (the year after Mortimer’s first paintings with the same title were shown at the Society of Artists) and an oil in 1776. He continued to exhibit such pictures for the rest of his life, including ‘Banditti attacking and robbing travellers in a forest in Germany’ in 1797 and ‘View in the Appenine Mountains – a stormy evening, with banditti’ in 1801, but the Tate’s picture does not seem to have been shown in his lifetime; it may possibly have been the ‘Attack upon Travellers’ lent by C Shard to Suffolk Street in 1834 (133).

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1967–1968, London 1968.