Peter Angelis

Artist (Netherlands)
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Peter Angelis (5 November 1685 – 1734), variously recorded as Pieter Angellis, Pieter Anchillus, Pieter van Angellis or Pieter Angelles, was a painter active in Flanders, Germany, Italy, England and France.

Peter Angelis was born at Dunkirk in 1685. After learning the rudiments of art in his native town, he visited Flanders and Germany, and spent some time at Antwerp, where he was made a master of the Guild of St. Luke, in 1715-16; and at Düsseldorf, where he had the opportunity of educating himself by studying the paintings in the Electoral Gallery. He painted conversation-pieces, and landscapes with small figures, into which he often introduced fruit and fish.

In about 1719 he moved to England where he met with great success and stayed for sixteen years. In 1727 he set out for Italy, and spent three years at Rome, where his pictures were admired. But being of a reserved disposition, and without ostentation, he exhibited his works with reluctance, his studious and sober temper inclining him more to the pursuit of his art than to the advancement of his fortune. He intended to return to England, but when he reached Rennes, in Brittany, he found his work in such demand there that he decided to stay. He died in Rennes in 1734. [source]