Samuel Hieronymus Grimm (Swiss 1733-1794)

A landscape in Scotland with a bothy and figures with goats by a river

Samuel Hieronymus Grimm

Signed and dated l.r.: S.H. Grimm fecit/1790, pen and grey ink and watercolour over traces of pencil with a grey line border on laid paper watermarked with a Strasburg Lily

31 x 45.5 cm; 12 ¼ x 17 ¾ inches

The Swiss emigré Samuel Hieronymus Grimm travelled extensively throughout his adopted country in the late 18th century.

Grimm arrived in England in 1768, and worked as a commissioned artist for numerous patrons, including the lawyer and antiquary Sir William Burrell. For 21 years or more, he had a lasting friendship and enjoyed the patronage of the ecclesiastic and baronet Sir Richard Kaye, and it was for him that Grimm toured the country to depict ‘everything curious’ to assuage Kaye’s thirst for recording the history and antiquities of England. Views of Scotland by him are far less common however.

These drawings were bequeathed by Kaye to the British Museum in 1810, where they joined the Sussex collection bequeathed by Burrell in 1796. His work is also found in many other public collections in the U.K. and elsewhere.

Grimm’s work for his antiquarian patrons was complemented by commercial commissions: satirical mezzotints for various publishers appeared in the 1770s with evocative caricatures of 18th-century life.