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Pieter Angellis



Angellis [Angélis; Angelles; Angillis] Pieter

(b Dunkirk, 5 Nov 1685; d Rennes, 1734). Flemish painter, active in England. The fact that his style is heavily dependent on the work of David Teniers the younger suggests that Angellis may have been apprenticed to him. According to Walpole, the artist arrived in London in 1712, but in 1725 Vertue, who knew him, wrote in his notebook that Angellis was 40 years old, had been in England for nine years and had lived for a time before 1712 in Düsseldorf, where he had studied the collection of John William von Wittelsbach, the Elector Palatine. Van Gool, who had met Angellis in London, confirmed the visit to Düsseldorf. Angellis was first listed as a Master in the Antwerp Guild of St Luke in 1715–16, but in 1716 he was in London. The years 1719–28 were the most active of his career and his market scenes, conversation pieces (e.g. c. 1715–20; London, Tate) and still-lifes with vegetables proved popular in English aristocratic circles. The style of these works reflects his origins, combining the narrative vigour of Teniers the younger with an elegant refinement derived from Watteau, resulting, as Walpole said, in ‘more grace than the former, [and] more nature than the latter’. Queen Anne (reg 1702–14) commissioned a commemorative portrait of the Knights of the Garter from Angellis (London, N.P.G.) and in 1722 he contributed three canvases to a series depicting the life of Charles I, intended for engraving: Charles I Seized by Joyce at Holmby House, Charles I’s Escape from Hampton Court and the Trial of Charles I (Ireland, priv. col.); the engravings were published in 1728.


Queen Anne and the Knights of the Garter



Conversation Piece



The Vegetable Seller






A Musical Assembly



Gentleman At Table



A Country Fete with Figures Dancing



King Charles I seized at Holmby House by George Joyce



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