|John William Cook|
Portraits of twenty artists for Crabb's Historical Dictionary
Five rows of four "artists" each, for a total of twenty historical figures. In the London of 1825 it was seemingly self-evident that these twenty belonged together – not, certainly, because they shared the same aesthetic values, or even the same medium of expression – but perhaps because they all at that particular cultural moment shared equally in a certain aura of glamour and significance. It is instructive to study their names (as spelled in the source) below. Equally interesting to consider omissions.
Row 1: Domenichino
Row 2: Guido Reni
Row 3: Gerard Dou
Row 4: Rembrandt
Sir Peter Lely
Sir Christopher Wren
Row 5: Sir Godfrey Kneller
Two architects, two composers, sixteen painters.
One 16th-century figure, seventeen from the 17th century, two from the 18th.