Jacob George Strutt
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Jacob George Strutt
Jacob George Strutt
Jacob George Strutt, Elms at Mongewell, Oxfordshire
Jacob George Strutt, Elms at Mongewell, Oxfordshire
Born4 August 1784[a]
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Jacob George Strutt (4 August 1784 - 1867)[2][a] was a British portrait and landscape painter and engraver in the manner of Constable. He was the husband of the writer Elizabeth Strutt, and father of the painter, traveller and archaeologist Arthur John Strutt.


Strutt was born on 4 August 1784 in Colchester, in Essex, one of eight children of Benjamin Strutt and Caroline, née Pollett.[2][a] In London, on 8 November 1813, he married Elizabeth Byron, with whom he had four children; their second son, Arthur John Strutt, was born in 1819.[2] Strutt moved to Lausanne in Switzerland in about 1830. With his son Arthur he travelled in France and Switzerland from 1835 to 1837, and later to Italy; they established a studio in Rome. He returned to England in 1851, and died in Rome in 1864[3] or 1867.[2]


Strutt painted portraits and landscapes, mainly in gouache, in the style of Constable, with whom he may have studied.[3] He was also a capable engraver. He showed work in London between 1819 and 1858.[3] At the Royal Academy he exhibited from 1822 to 1852;[4] in 1822 and 1823 he showed portraits, but from 1824 until 1831 showed only woodland or forest scenes.[5] Two paintings were sent from Italy while he was living there: The Ancient Forum, Rome in 1845, and in 1851 Tasso's Oak, Rome.[2][6] He published two books of poetry in translation, and several books of engravings.[4]


  • Claudianus, Claudius. Rape of Proserpine: with other poems, translated into English verse. With a prefatory discourse, and occasional notes. By Jacob George Strutt. London: A.J. Valpy 1814
  • Milton, John The Latin and Italian Poems of Milton. Translated into English verse by J. G. Strutt. London: J. Conder 1814
  • Bury St. Edmunds illustrated in Twelve Etchings by J.G. Strutt London: J.G. Strutt 1821
  • Sylva Britannica, or, Portraits of forest trees, distinguished for their antiquity, magnitude, or beauty London: The author 1822; Full text of expanded 1830 edition.
  • Deliciae sylvarum, or, Grand and romantic forest scenery in England and Scotland, drawn from nature, and etched by Jacob George Strutt London: J. G. Strutt [1828].


  1. ^ a b c d Many older sources give his dates of birth and death as 1790 and 1864 respectively.


  1. ^ Christopher Wood (1995). The Dictionary of Victorian Painters, part 1: Text. Third edition, volume 4 of the Antique Collectors Club Dictionary of British Art. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors Club. ISBN 9781851491711.
  2. ^ a b c d e F. M. O'Donoghue, revised Emily M. Weeks (2014). Strutt, Jacob George (1784-1867). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/26682. (subscription required).
  3. ^ a b c [s.n.] (2011). Strutt, Jacob George. Benezit Dictionary of Artists. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (subscription required).
  4. ^ a b Michael Bryan, George Charles Williamson (1903-1905) Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers London: G. Bell, Volume 5, S-Z.
  5. ^ Samuel Redgrave (1874). A Dictionary of Artists of the English School: painters, sculptors, architects, engravers, and ornamentists; with notices of their lives and works. London: Longmans, Green and Co.
  6. ^ Nicholas Jenkins (2008-2011) Jacob George Strutt (I13774) in W. H. Auden - 'Family Ghosts' (online database). Accessed September 2011.
  7. ^ IPNI.  Strutt.

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