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1873-1916 - Coningham Road (Shepherd’s Bush) Painting Painter Alexander Mark Rossi was born in 1840 on the Greek Island of Corfu, the son of an Italian judge who was employed by the British there. On a 1873-1887 - Rathbone Place (Fitzrovia) Museums & Painting Picture restorer Giovanni Sciarretta was born in Italy (details are lacking). He was in London by 1873 when he was working for the painter and art 187?-1915 - Leather Lane (Holborn) Artists’ Models & Painting & Sculpture Artists’ model Gaetano Valvona was born in 1857 into a family of shepherds. He arrived in London at some time in the 1870s still wearing the 1865 -1916 - Masboro Road West (Hammersmith) Artists’ Models & Painting & Photography & Sculpture & Italy & place: Picinisco Artists’ model Angelo Colarossi was born in 1838 in the Abruzzo village of Picinisco. Arriving in England in the mid-1860s, he settled in the 1867- 1919 - Bond Street (Mayfair) Artists’ Models & Painting & Italy Artists’ model Alessandro di Marco moved to London from Piedmont in 1867 and found work as an organ grinder. His androgynous features made him an 1866-1925 - Downhire Hill (Hampstead) Artists’ Models & Mosaics & Painting & Italy & place: Laurenzana Painter, mosaicist, and artist model Gaetano Meo was born in 1850 in Laurenzana, Basilicata, the son of a shepherd. He had walked from Basilicata, 1865-1914 - Piccadilly Circus (Westminster) Aesthetics & Artist Models & Painting & Sculpture & Sex & Italy The Slade School of Art was established at University College London, Gower Street, in 1870. Its first Professor of Fine Art was Edward Poynter who 1625-1628 - Hampton court Collections & Italy & Painting & Royalty & Sculpture & place: Mantua The Gonzaga family ruled Mantua from 1328 and its members were notable sponsors of art. Mantegna was their court artist and they patronised many 1828-1841 - Dean Street (Soho) Artists’ Materials & Painting & Italy Artist supplier Giovanni Arzone was born in Italy. There are no details about his birth or background, but he was in 1790-1814 - Strand (Covent Garden) Animal Trade & Entertainment & Painting & Italy & place: Moltrasio Showman and menagerie keeper Stephano [Stephen] Polito was born in 1763/4 at Moltrasio on Lake Como. In the early 1790s he specialised in the 1790-1813 - Brompton Road (Knightsbridge) Engravers & Painting & Printing & Italy & place: Bassano del Grappo Print-maker Niccolò [Nicholas] Schiavonetti was born around 1771 in Bassano del Grappo and moved to England in the early 1790s where he joined his 1816-1847 - Oxford Street (Westminster) Jewellers & Painting & Italy Jeweller and silversmith Carlo [Charles] Danieli was born in Italy (details are lacking) around 1790. He was recorded trading in Oxford Street in 1809-1854 - Bedford Square (Bloomsbury) Illustrators & Lithographers & Painting & Malta & place: Valetta Lithographer Maxim Gauci was born Massimo Gauci on 11 February 1774 in Valetta, Malta. He studied painting under Michele Busuttil and attended the 1790-1810 - Brompton Road (Knightsbridge) Engravers & Painting & Printers & Italy & place: Bassano del Grappo Print-maker Luigi [Lewis, Louis] Schiavonetti was born on 1 April 1765 in Bassano del Grappo, Vicenza, the son a paper manufacturer. He was taught 1940-2012 — Kemplay Road (Hampstead) Education & Italy & Painting & place: Beaulieu-sur-Mer Emigrants Painter and teacher Peter Laurent de Francia was born on 25 January 1921 in Beaulieu-sur-Mer 1784-1844 - Haymarket (Westminster) Painting & Theatre & Italy & place: Florence Scene painter Gaetano Marinari was born in Florence (date is not known). He was active in Britain between between 1784 and 1836. He succeeded 1782-1792 - Broad Street (Soho) Art Dealers & Painting & Italy & Place: Naples Picture dealer and restorer Genaro Domizio was born in Naples. Having settled in London in 1782, he came to prominence in the early 1790s as a 1755-1785 - Hedge Lane (Westminster) Academies & Collections & Painting & Royalty & Italy & place: Florence Decorative painter and draughtsman Giovanni Battista Cipriani was born in Florence in 1727. He first studied painting in Florence under the 1771-1810 - Great Titchfield Street (Westminster) Huguenots & Painting & Translations & Italy & place: Turin Painter John Francis Rigaud was born at Turin on 18 May 1742 into a merchant Huguenot family that had fled France with the revocation of the Edict 1761-1808 - Oxford Street (Westminster) Academies & Painting & Italy & place: Osimo Painter Biagio Rebecca was born in 1734/5 at Osimo in Ancona. He studied at the Accademia di San Luca, Rome, and while there he met Benjamin West, 1770-1786 - Sutton Street (Soho) Painting & Italy & place: Naples Picture restorer Nicolai Biondi was born in Naples (date unknown). He was in London by 1770 and working from Sutton Street, Soho between 1770 and 1766-1781 - John Street (Bloomsbury) Architecture & Painting & Italy & place: Venice Painter Antonio Zucchi was born in Venice on 1 May 1726, the son of an engraver. His early style developed from Venetian Rococo to Neo-Classicism 1789-1822 - Brownlow Street (Holborn) Artists’ Materials & Painting Colour merchant Sebastiano Grandi was born in Italy. Details of his birth and background are not available, but he was in London by 1789 trading 1771-1809 - Not traced (Islington) Ballooning & Clubs & Music & Painting & Science & Italy & place: Naples Scientist and inventor Tiberius Cavallo was born on 30 March 1749 in Naples, the son of a physician. In 1771 he moved to England. With a keen 1752-1773 - Piccadilly (Westminster) Academies & Collections & Painting & Royalty & Italy & place: Pitigliano Landscape painter and draughtsman Francesco Zuccarelli was born in 1702 at Pitigliano, Grosseto. He studied in Rome and by 1728 he was active in 1741-1766 - Gerrard Street (Soho) painting & societies & Italy & place: Rome Rococo painter ‘Chevalier’ Andrea Casali was born on 17 November 1705 in Rome. Early in his career he worked as a decorative painter in Roman 1729-1738 - Little Stanmore (Middlesex) Music & Painting & Royalty & Italy & place: Bergamo Soprano Anna Maria Strada was born in Bergamo (date not known). Little is known of her early years. She performed in Venice (in Vivaldi’s 1720 opera 1719-1730 - Henrietta Street (Covent Garden) Painting & Italy & place: Venice Painter Vincenzo Damini was born in Venice towards the end of the seventeenth century. He was a pupil of Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini, and 1716-1722 - St James’s Square (Westminster) Painting & Italy & place: Venice Rococo painter Antonio Bellucci was born on 19 February 1654 in Venice. Working in the style of Veronese, he gained his reputation in the 1680s as a 1711-1716 - Piccadilly (Westminster) Painting & Italy & place: Belluno Painter and decorative artist Sebastiano Ricci was born on 1 August 1659 in Belluno in the Veneto region. At the age of fourteen, he left his 1709-1734 - St Paul’s Churchyard (City of London) Painting & Xenophobia & Italy & place: Venice In March 1709, a competition was announced to decorate the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral. The most coveted contemporary commission, it attracted James 1708-1716 - Arlington Street (Westminster) Painting & Italy & place: Belluno Landscape painter Marco Ricci was born on 5 June 1676 at Belluno, in the Republic of Venice, the son of a landscape painter. He is said to have fled 1708-1713 - Arlington Street (Westminster) Academies & Painting & Italy & place: Venice Painter Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini was born on 29 April 1675 in Venice where his father was a glove maker. He worked in Moravia and Vienna in the 1674-1688 - Palace of Whitehall (Westminster) Painting & Revolution & Royalty & Italy & place: Bologna Painter Benedetto Gennari was born at Cento, Emilia-Romagna, in October 1633 into a dynasty of artists. In 1643 the family moved to Bologna and he 1638-1642 - Romney Road (Greenwich) Painting & Royalty & Italy & place: Rome Painter Artemisia Gentileschi was born in Rome on 8 July 1593. Her early training took place in the surroundings of her father’s (Orazio 1764-1825 - Broad Street (Soho) Academies & Painting & Swiss & place: Zürich Painter and writer Henry Fuseli was born Johann Heinrich Füssli at Zürich on 6 February 1741, the son of Johann Caspar Füssli, portrait painter and 1800-1849 - Newman Street (Fitzrovia) Animal Trade & Huguenots & Painting & Printsellers & Royalty & Swiss & place: Geneva Painter Jacques-Laurent Agasse was born on 24 March 1767 at Geneva. His family were merchants of Huguenot descent. The youngster showed an interest 1672-1707 - Pall Mall (Westminster) Painting & Royalty & Italy & place: Lecce Painter Antonio Verrio was born about 1636 in Lecce. Having lived and worked in France for a number of years, he travelled to London in March 1672. 1626-1639 - Strand (Covent Garden) Painting & Royalty & Italy & place: Pisa Painter Orazio Gentileschi was born in Pisa in July 1563, the son of a Florentine goldsmith. He started his career as a medallist. Both his older 1574-1575 - Hampton Court (East Molesey) Collections & Painting & Royalty & Italy & place: Vado Painter Federico Zuccaro was born in 1539/40 at Sant’Angelo in Vado, Marche, son of the painter Ottaviano Zuccaro. Having worked in Rome, Venice, 1744-1749 - Maids of Honour Row (Richmond) Music & Painting Painter Antonio Joli was born in Modena, where he studied perspective under Raffaello Rinaldi before becoming a pupil of Giovanni Paolo Panini in 1729-1739 - St James’s Square (Westminster) Music & Painting & Xenophobia & Italy & place: Venezia Painter Jacopo Amigoni was born around 1685 in Venice. From 1717 onwards he was recorded working in Bavaria. He moved to London in 1729. As an 1716-1760 - Not traced Painting & Italy & place: Venice Painter Giovanni Battista Bellucci was born in 1683 in Venice. His father Antonio was a court painter in Vienna and Düsseldorf. In 1716, at the 1710-1713 - Kensington Gardens (Kensington) Painting & Royalty & Italy & place: Venice Painter Niccolò Cassana, often called Nicoletto, was born in Venice in 1659 into a family of painters. He trained with his father and was active 1731-1739 - St James’s Square (Westminster) Designers & Painting & Italy Painter and draughtsman Gaetano Brunetti was born in Lombardy at an unknown date. In 1731 he joined Venetian painter Jacopo Amigoni in London where 1719-1775 - Little Stanmore (Middlesex) Painting & Italy & place: Venice Painter Francesco Sleter called himself a Venetian, but little is known about his life and background. He is first recorded in England as working 1708-1752 - Bedford Street (Covent Garden) Societies & Painting & Theatre & Italy & place: Genoa Painter and scene designer John Devoto was referred to as being French during his lifetime, but his parents were probably Italian as the name has 1519-1554 - Fleet Street (City of London) Architecture & Painting & Royalty & Italy & place: Florence Painter Anthony Toto was born in 1499 in Florence, the son of Toto del Nunziata who was a producer of fireworks. He was trained by Ridolfo 1531-1554 - Nonsuch Palace (Surrey) Architecture & Painting & Royalty & Italy & place: Firenze Nonsuch Palace was built by Henry VIII in 1538 just south of London. Many artists from the Continent were involved in the project including