(b Geneva, 24 March 1767; d London, 27 Dec 1849). English painter of
Swiss birth. Born into a wealthy and politically influential
Huguenot family, Agasse spent his early childhood at the country
estate of Crévin, where he may have developed the interest in
animals and natural history that was to guide his later career as an
artist in England. Agasse trained first at the Ecole du Colibri in
Geneva and subsequently in Paris under Jacques-Louis David
(beginning in 1787) and possibly under Horace Vernet. His early
artistic output consisted chiefly of unpretentious silhouette
‘cut-outs’ in the style of Jean-Daniel Huber. At this time he also
undertook a serious study of dissection and veterinary science.
The Nubian Giraffe
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