Life of Zoffany

Johan (John) Zoffany (1733-1810) was born in Germany and was the son of a court cabinetmaker and architect. He studied in Rome with Agostino Masucci, the most important portrait painter in Italy in the mid 18 century. He came to London about 1760 and was supported by the great actor, David Garrick.

His theatrical pictures helped spread his fame, and added to his training in portraiture in a natural manner. He was made a Royal Academician (RA) in 1769 by George III. Queen Charlotte paid for Zoffany to go to Florence where he stayed from 1772-78 before returning to London, via Parma, in 1779.

While in Florence he painted The Tribuna of the Uffizi for the Royal Family, a painting which is still in the Royal Collection. He later travelled to India where he painted the Indian Princes and expatriate Britons.

He returned to England in 1789. He spent his last years at Strand-on-the-Green, West London. He died in 1810.

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