Eminent Marine Artists Part XII Philip James de Loutherbourg RA
Historic painting is generally considered the highest and noblest branch of the art. Philip James de Loutherbourg was a foreigner who achieved his greatest fame in England. He was born at Strassburg on October 31st, 1740. His art, indeed, was essentially dramatic. Wreckage and floating spars, with half naked and drowning seamen clinging to them are a characteristic feature of his representations of naval fights. Though mannered and conventional, his art was never feeble. It is impossible to overlook the vigour with which he wrought the motion and action of his figures, and the skill with which they are placed in his pictures.