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Nathaniel Dance - British Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Nathaniel Dance (1735 - 1811)

Irish painter, Francis Danby spent most of his career working in Bristol and London, however he also spent time living in Paris and Switzerland. He began painting in a naturalist style but later adopted a more dramatic style as to confront John Martin. The most famous of these apocalyptic paintings was The Delivery of Israel out of Egypt. Idanby retired to Exmouth in 1847. On his return to England, he became a successful portrait painter. With Hayman and his architect brother George Dance the Younger, he was one of the founder members of the Royal Academy in 1768. He was commissioned to paint King George III and his queen, plus Captain James Cook and actor David Garrick. His group portrait The Pybus Family (1769) is in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia. In 1790, he gave up his artistic career and became Member of Parliament for East Grinstead in Sussex. He served this seat until 1802 when he moved to Great Bedwyn, serving until 1806. In 1807 he returned to East Grinstead, serving until his death in 1811. He was made a baronet in 1800, which became extinct upon his death.

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