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Julius Caesar Ibbetson (1759-1817)

Julius Caesar Ibbetson (1759-1817)

Benjamin West described Julius Caesar Ibbetson as the ‘Berchem of England’. So he acknowledged Ibbetson’s emulation of the seventeenth-century Dutch naturalist tradition. Equally accomplished in oil and watercolour, and as able as a portraitist as a landscapist, he specialised in rural scenes enlivened by the reality of their animal and human figures. The watercolours are particularly valued for their delicate and atmospheric tones.

Julius Caesar Ibbetson was born on 29 December 1759 in Farnley, near Leeds, Yorkshire, apparently by caesarean section. He was probably educated by a local Moravian community and then by Quakers in Leeds.

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