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A Storm with Smuggler's Landing

Photo credit: Victoria Art Gallery

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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.

In his thirties, Loutherbourg designed stage sets in London. This painting, with its rugged, dramatic landscape, owes something to theatre scenery. It is primarily a product of the artist’s imagination rather than an accurate depiction of an actual place or event.

Victoria Art Gallery





oil on canvas


H 114.5 x W 165 cm

Accession number

BATVG : P : 1929.203

Acquisition method

purchased from Alfred Jones, 1929

Work type



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