John Hamilton Mortimer

Banditti Going out in the Morning


Not on display

John Hamilton Mortimer 1740–1779
Ink on paper
Support: 238 × 179 mm
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996

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Mortimer had a brief career as an artist. However, his energy and restlessness, as well as his originality, ensured that he became a leader in his profession. Mortimer took some of his inspiration from the Neopolitan painter Salvator Rosa (1615-1673). Salvator painted wild and savage landscapes which included figures of brigands or banditti. Mortimer also painted banditti subjects and became known as 'the English Salvator'. Such subjects were popular during the eighteenth century. This drawing is one in a series of six showing banditti engaged in various activities which Mortimer exhibited in London in 1773. They were all etched and published in 1779.

Gallery label, September 2004

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