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Matthew William Peters

1742-1814 England/Portraitist and Genre Painter


Brief Biography-The Reverend Matthew William Peters was born on the Isle of Wight in 1724. He received lessons from Robert West in Ireland, a Royal Dublin Society teacher whom Fran├žois Boucher and Jean-Baptiste van Loo tutored. Next, his school sent him to London, where he studied under Thomas Hudson, and he went to Italy, where he took instruction from Pompeo Girolamo Batoni. Finally, the works of Jean-Baptiste Greuze influenced him in France. In 1777, when he became an Academician, critics denounced him for his painting A Lady in Bed, which went against him when he became a clergyman. He resigned from the Academy in 1791 and stayed on as the Chaplain. He painted religious works, and Shakespearean companies in London and Dublin commissioned him to do paintings, of which he is better known for the resulting engravings.


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A Study for

A Study for Lydia

The Card

The Card Sharps

Charmain and
the Soothsayer

Charmain and the Soothsayer

Self-Portrait with
Robert West

Self-Portrait with Robert West

The Little

The Little Fortune-teller

Edward Wortley

Edward Wortley Montagu

Lady Elizabeth

Portrait of Lady Elizabeth Compton

Portrait of
Francis Stanley

Portrait of Francis Stanley


The Flageolot Players