LA CAVE, Peter

1769 - c.1812

Lowestoft Beach, 1803, Suffolk

Petrus La Cave, sometime Le Cave, was baptised at Amsterdam, Netherlands on 24 March 1769, son of Johannes Morellen La Cave and his wife Elisabeth née Schepper. A painter of rustic figures and landscapes in the Bergham tradition, who was probably a member of a family of French artists working in Holland. He was in England from at least 1789 until 1812 and painted many views of Berkshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Worcestershire, Devonshire and the area around Wilton where he was in prison in 1811. A friend of Julius Ceasar Ibbetson (1759-1817) and an assistant to George Charles Morland (1763-1804). He is recorded as living at 72 Oxford Street, London in 1801 when exhibiting two works at the Royal Academy, entitled 'A Mill near Totnes, Devonshire' and 'Chudleigh crags, Devonshire'. His 'Lowestoft Beach', an illustration of fish being unloaded from a small boat, put into baskets, then onto a cart drawn by two horses; two women are sorting fish; there is a church on the right and maybe a scene at Pakefield and is in the collection of Lowestoft Museum at Broad House, Nicholas Everitt Park Oulton Broad, Suffolk and he also painted a picture of 'Yarmouth Jetty' in the same year. La Cave occasionally painted in oils, but the great bulk of his work is in watercolour or more rarely in pencil, often revealing the influence of Dutch seventeenth century masters. Dawson Turner, banker of Great Yarmouth, had a large collection of La Cave's drawings, and at the sale of his library one of the items in the catalogue records 'La Cave. A collection of two hundred and eighty sketches of this artist, consisting of Landscapes, Figures, Animals, etc., in which his touch was particularly flowing, rich and beautiful. Very little is known of this artist, who excelled in depicting the Cow, an animal which in this collection is figured in every possible way.' Cotman borrowed from Dawson Turner, and made tracings of several of the drawings of cows, and the Cotman cow, a familiar object in his drawings, was derived from his study of La Cave. He probably died at Coventry, Warwickshire in 1812 but is said to have been working in England in 1816.




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