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Peter Paillou

 (1757 - 1831)
Peter Paillou was active/lived in United Kingdom.  Peter Paillou is known for Portrait Miniatures.

Peter Paillou

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 one 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. 

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 [British Museum].

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About  Peter Paillou

Born:  1757
Died:   1831
Known for:  Portrait Miniatures