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 Jakob Bogdani



Jakob Bogdani        Pages: 1

(b Eperjes, c. 1660; d London, 11 Feb 1724).

Hungarian painter, active in the Netherlands and England. He was born into a Protestant gentry family and by 1684 was working as a still-life painter in Amsterdam, where he may have gone to escape Catholic persecution. His earliest works (e.g. Still-life with Apples and Other Fruit on a Ledge; London, Rafael Valls) are austere groupings of fruit in the Dutch manner. By 1 June 1688 he was in London, settling at Tower Street, St Giles in the Fields. In 1691 he described his pattern of work: ‘[I] paint in the Spring flowers & in the Somer flowers & Fruits when they are out Lobsters and oyster pieces, In the Winter pieces of Fowell & plate’ (MS., Chatsworth, Derbys). In 1694 he painted flower decorations for Mary II’s Looking-glass Closet in the Water Gallery at Hampton Court, London. A number of flower paintings done for William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Devonshire, survive at Chatsworth House, Derbys, including Flowers on a Draped Ledge with a Red-faced Parrot (1698), in which the clarity of Dutch flower painting is combined with the baroque drama of the elaborate brass vase and swirling drapery. The parrot indicates Bogdány’s interest in bird painting, which increased from c. 1703, when he had access to the aviary owned by Admiral George Churchill (1653–1710). Bogdány executed several large bird pictures for the Admiral (three at London, Hampton Court, Royal Col.). Bogdány’s works show ensembles of farm, wild and exotic birds, often with a background of classical architecture (e.g. Still-life with Birds; Budapest, N.G.). He became the leading exponent of this genre in England, much in demand among aristocratic patrons. Prosperity allowed him to acquire property at Finchley, London, and Spalding, Lincs, and he became Lord of the Manor of Hitchin, Herts.


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