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Loutherbourg was born in Strasbourg, the son of a painter of miniatures. He trained in France, but worked in England from 1771 onwards. He had a successful career exhibiting frequently at the Royal Academy. In 1789, he gave up painting temporarily in order to concentrate on his other main interests – alchemy and the supernatural. A friend published a pamphlet claiming that Loutherbourg had powers as a faith healer.
oil on canvas
H 114.5 x W 165 cm
BATVG : P : 1929.203
purchased from Alfred Jones, 1929