(1757 - 1831)
Peter Paillou was active/lived in United Kingdom. Peter Paillou is known for Portrait Miniatures.
Biography from Christie's London, King Street
Little is known of Peter Paillou's early career, but he gained repute in the 18th century as a natural history painter and illustrator. He was employed by two leading naturalists and antiquarians of the time, Taylor White (1701-1772) and Thomas Pennant (1726-1798). He illustrated the latter's British Zoology and decorated the hall at Downing, Pennant's house in Flintshire, with several pictures of birds and animals, four of which represented the seasons of the year.
In this picture Paillou's closely observed seabirds swoop down on the pelican, primed for a tussle that is replicated in the naval battle ensuing in the distance. The ships beyond fly white ensigns, of the type used by the French navy until 1794, so it is probable that it shows an Anglo-French engagement, possibly a battle during the Seven Years' War. The subsequent lot shows birds attacking a deer in the foreground, while a village siege takes place beyond, drawing a similar comparison between conflict in nature and conflict between men.
These This painting and the following lot are reputed to be amongst the original furnishings of Linley Hall, when newly rebuilt by Robert More in the mid-18th century and the superb frames would certainly support that they might have been part of that scheme. These paintings were amongst the 'heirlooms' which remained at Linley when the house was let in the 1880s and were hanging in the dining room there when Sir Jasper More took back possession of the house in 1948.
Biography from Cheffins
Although little is known about the career and life of
Peter Paillou, we know he was working in Scotland by 1818 when a
portrait of a 'Robert Scott of Glasgow' was published in mezzotint
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