MICHAEL ANGELO ROOKER
Landscapes by Michael 'Angelo' from the Thackeray Gift.
An 18th Century collection of English Water-colours in the Royal Academy of Arts Library, London.
In 1865, Mrs Augusta Thackeray gave the Royal Academy a collection of water-colour drawings by Michael Angelo Rooker, Francis Wheatley, John Inigo Richards, JMW Turner and Paul Sandby, most of whom had been her fathers contemporaries at the Royal Academy in the late 1700s.
Rooker was a topographical painter, taught by Paul Sandby, who gave him the nickname 'Angelo'. He studied at St. martin's and RA Schools and was made an ARA in 1770. This charming set of four drawings was conceived as a group of park and woodland scenes, with allegiance to picturesque principles rather than being a record of actual views.