- Ignazio Hugford
Life and work
Ignazio Hugford was born in
Pisa, the son of a resident English watchmaker who worked for the House of Medici.
Hugford was first apprenticed at the age of 9 years to
Anton Domenico Gabbiani. In 1745, he painted over a dozen canvases for the refectory of the Benedictine Abbey of Vallombrosa, where his brother, Enrico, became abbot. Hugford joined the "Accademia del Disegno" of Florence, and published a biography on his mentor. Among his masterpieces is the "Countess Matilde Donates her Riches to the Church" in the church of San Bartolommeo in Pantano in Pistoia[ "Pistoia, Italy" (description), webpage: [http://www.pistoia.turismo.toscana.it/arte/pistoiaarte/ptsbart.htm pistoia.turismo.toscana.it-ptsbart] .] . In the same Pistoiese church are canvasses of "St. Peter crosses the fire" and "Sant'Atto receives the relics of Sant'Jacopo". The "Pieve di S. Andrea a Doccia" houses an altarpiece of "Saints Charles Borromeo, Philip Neri and Antonio Abate before a Crucifix" (1776).
Hugford died in Florence. Nowadays he is more known as a critic, art scholar, and for his efforts as an agent for collectors. Among his pupils were
Francesco Bartolozzi, Lamberto Gori, Giovanni Battista Ciprione, and Sante Pacini.
*Giovanna Perini, "Dresden and the Italian art market in the eighteenth century: Ignazio Hugford and Giovanni Ludovic Harrier eagles", " The Burlington Magazine ", 1993, vol. 135, not. 1085, pp. 550-559.
* Bruce Cole; Ulrich Middeldorf. "Masaccio, Lippi, or Hugford?","The Burlington Magazine "(1971) pp. 500-505, 507.
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