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Creator:
Philippe-Jacques de Loutherbourg, 1740–1812, French, active in Britain (from 1771)
Title:
A Philosopher in a Moonlit Churchyard
Date:
1790
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Support (PTG): 34 x 27 inches (86.4 x 68.6 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Label on verso, upper center: “sign. | P.I.Loutherbourg1790”; upper center: "L 0644"

Signed and dated, lower left to lower center: "P.[?]De Loutherbourgh 1790"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1974.3.4
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
arch | bust | cemetery | churchyard | clouds | costume | death | fresco | genre subject | Gothic (Medieval) | grave | landscape | man | night | Picturesque, the | relief (sculpture) | Romantic | ruins | sarcophagus | skulls (skeleton components) | Sublime, the | theater | urn
Access:
On view
Exhibition History:
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Nottingham Festival Exhibition (Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, 1988-05-29 - 1988-07-24)

Ruskin - Past: Present: Future (Yale Center for British Art, 2000-01-20 - 2000-02-27)

Gothic Nightmares - Fuseli, Blake and the Romantic Imagination (Tate Britain, 2006-02-15 - 2006-05-01)

Philippe - Jacques de Loutherbourg (1740 - 1812) (Musee de Beaux-Arts, Strasbourg, 2012-11-17 - 2013-02-18)

The Critique of Reason : Romantic Art, 1760–1860 (Yale University Art Gallery, 2015-03-06 - 2015-07-26)

It's Alive! Frankenstein at 200 (The Morgan Library & Museum, 2018-10-12 - 2019-01-27)

Publications:
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Kathryn Rebecca Barush, Art and the sacred journey in Britain, 1790-1850, Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), London, New York, 2016, pp. 12, 228-29, fig. 5.8, N72.R4 B37 2016 (YCBA)

Malcolm Cormack, A Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 152, 153, N590.2 A83 (YCBA)

Suzy Halimi, La nuit dans l'Angleterre des Lumières, Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, 2008, p. 155, fig. 1, PN56.N5 N855 2008 (YCBA)

Louis Hawes, Ruins in British romantic art from Wilson to Turner, Nottingham Castle Museum. , Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham [England], 1988, p. 18, no. 5, N8237.8 R8 R85 (YCBA)

Rudiger Joppien, A Visitor to a Ruined Churchyard - a newly discovered painting by P. J. de Loutherbourg, Burlington Magazine, vol. 118, May 1976, pp. 294--99, 301, N1 B87 v. 118 OVERSIZE (YCBA) Also avaiable online : JSTOR

William Laffan, Thomas Roberts, landscape and patronage in eighteenth-century Ireland. , Churchill House Press, Tralee, 2009, p. 262, fig. 216, NJ18.R544 L35 2009 + (YCBA)

Olivier Lefeuvre, Philippe-Jacques de Loutherbourg : 1740-1812, , Arthena, Paris, 2012, pp. 90. 92, 103, 178, 221, 281-82, 311-12, cat. no. 224, NJ18.L928 A12 L44 2012 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Musee des Beaux Arts de Strasbourg, Loutherbourg ( Strasbourg, 1740 - Londres, 1812 ):, tourments et chime`res : livret de l'exposition , Musees de la vie de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, 2012, pp. 8-9, 14, fig. 20, V 1392 (YCBA)

Martin Myrone, Gothic nightmares, Fuseli, Blake and the Romantic imagination , Tate Publishing, London New York, 2006, p. 108, no. 61, ND467.5 G68 M97 2006 + (YCBA)

Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:165
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