Rodolphe Töpffer (1799 – 1846)

He was born and died in Geneva. Studied literature and became a teacher and docent at the University. In his free time he wrote short illustrated stories. Such as:   Histoire de Monsieur Jabot Monsier Crepin Histoire de Monsieur Vieux Bois Monsieur Pencil    Histoire de Monsieur Cryptogramme 1845- 1858  (Reizen en Avonturen van Mijnh... Continue Reading →


Louis-Léopold Boilly (1761-1845)

Boilly was born in La Bassée in Northern France and died in 1845 during the Restauration and July Monarchy. He started painting at the age of 13 and was practically autodidact influenced by Dutch 17th century genre painters Gabriel Metsu (1629 -1661) and Gerard Terborch (1617-1672) of which he owned a private collection.  After moving... Continue Reading →

Jacques Louis David (1748-1825)

David began as a pupil of Boucher, and stayed from 1775 to 1780 in Rome. He began to specialize in heroic scenes based on the ancient art. In 1783 he received a state order of Louis XVI for the "Oath of  the Horatii". He again went to Rome for inspiration. The result was a classic depiction... Continue Reading →

Johann Caspar Lavater (1741-1801)

Lavater was a Swiss theologian and minister in the Saint Peters church in Zurich. He belongs to the nomination of pietism fostering an intuitive and emotionally form of Christianity. To promote mutual understanding and love between people, he embarked as amateur psychologist in the field of physiognomy. From 1775 he published four parts "Physiognomische Fragmente". According to... Continue Reading →

Daniel Chodowiecki (1726-1801)

Daniel Chodowiecki, born in Danzig and died in Berlin, is one of the little masters, but interested in representing emotions. In the art of printing at that time this was something new. Long time it was not common knowledge that a large proportion of the illustrations in the books of Lavater were made by Chodowiecki, who... Continue Reading →

George Townshend (1724-1807)

After the sophisticated and professional social satire of William Hogarth (1697-1764) starts in England the period of journalistic satire with an emphasis on current topics from daily politics. One of the pioneers in this branch was the Brigadier General George Townshend. He had little military experience, though he belonged to a famous  family that could... Continue Reading →

Jean Huber (1721-1786)

Huber was a Swiss painter and silhouettist, born in Geneva and he died in Lausanne. He started without having any training. He specialized in painting birds, but he had also talents as caricaturist. VOLTAIRE (1694-1778) In 1756 Huber visited Voltaire in Ferney, and he spent twenty years painting and drawing the the daily live of... Continue Reading →

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