Today, we travel to France home of engraver #ThomasGaugain (1756-1812). Supposedly born in Abbeville, France, Gaugain would have moved to England as a child with his family. But baptismal records show the baptism of a John Thomas Gaugain at St. Anne’s, Soho, London in April of 1756. Gaugain died in London in 1812.
Gaugain studied engraving under Richard Houston but began his artistic career as a painter. By 1780, Gaugain had dedicated himself to engraving employing the stipple method. Gaugain was one of the best stipple engravers of his period and produced a large number of engravings.
The two stipple engravings in my collection are meant as a pair (have not found the reason for this assumption). Both images are after #JamesNorthcote (1746-1831), who was a portrait painter. Northcote studied portraiture under Joshua Reynolds. Northcote was a prolific artist producing about 2,000 pieces. He was elected into the Royal Academy in 1787.
The colour stipple engravings are printed from a single plate with some additional hand colouring added. A proof to the supreme artistry of Gaugain.