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London, United Kingdom

25.12.1778 - 19.01.1862

Painter, caricaturist

John Cawse, was an English painter and caricaturist.

He was born on 25 December 1778, the son of Charles Woodruffe Cawse and his wife Mary, of Little Prescott Street, Whitechapel. His father described himself in his will as a “Staymaker and Dealer in Whale Fins”.

Early in his career he was employed to draw caricatures by the print publisher SW Fore’s. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1802, showing mostly portraits, but also some paintings of horses and, from the early 1830s, a few historical pictures. Between 1807 and 1845 he exhibited at the British Institution, predominantly showing literary and historical subjects, including scenes from the works of Shakespeare and Walter Scott. His portrait of the clown Joseph Grimaldi is in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery and his 1826 painting of Carl Maria von Weber is in that of the Royal College of Music.

He is best remembered for his book The Art of Painting Portraits, Landscapes, Animals, Draperies, &c., in oil colors, published in 1840. He was an amateur musician who, unusually for the time, played the antiquated viola da gamba (i.e., the bass viol); an instrument he once owned is in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Reference: Wikipedia, 2010


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