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Samuel Hieronymus Grimm (1733-1794)


Samuel Hieronymus Grimm (1733-1794)

A range of youthful experiences – in which he engaged with the arts and sciences, in Switzerland and France – made Samuel Hieronymus Grimm well equipped for his career in England as a draughtsman and illustrator. There he responded with a combination of precision and lyricism to the demands of his patrons: antiquaries, topographers and natural historians, who sought to record ‘everything curious’.

Samuel Hieronymus Grimm was baptised at Burgdorf, in the canton of Bern, Switzerland, on 18 January 1733. He was the youngest child
of a notary, Johann Jakob Grimm, and nephew of the painter, Johann Grimm. Following the death of his father in 1749, he lived with a
maternal uncle and, despite his artistic leanings, was set to assist a physician, J G Zimmerman. Under the influence of the scientist and
poet, Albrecht von Haller, he began to write his own poetry, publishing two volumes, in 1758 and 1762 (the second with an introduction by Haller).

During the 1750s, Grimm studied under the artist Johann Ludwig Aberli, in Bern, and then began to establish himself as a topographical
painter.

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