Luigi Mayer

Luigi Mayer (1755–1803) was an Italian-German artist and one of the earliest and most important late 18th-century European painters of the Ottoman Empire.

Luigi Mayer
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Luigi Mayer
Born1 March 1755
Died1 January 1803
Known forPainter


Mayer was a close friend of Sir Robert Ainslie, 1st Baronet, a British ambassador to Turkey between 1776 and 1792, and the bulk of his paintings and drawings during this period were commissioned by Ainslie.[1] He travelled extensively through the Ottoman Empire between 1776 and 1794, and became well known for his sketches and paintings of panoramic landscapes of ancient sites from the Balkans to the Greek Islands, Turkey and Egypt, particularly ancient monuments and the Nile.[2] Many of the works were amassed in Ainslie's collection, which was later presented to the British Museum, providing a valuable insight into the Middle East of that period. His wife, Clara Barthold Mayer, worked as his assistant and produced her own paintings.


Views in Turkey in Europe and Asia (from 1801), by Sir Robert Ainslie, was a multi-volume work based on Mayer's drawings. There were plates engraved by William Watts.[3][4] Thomas Milton was involved, producing aquatints of Egyptian views.[5]


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  1. ^ "Art and Literature About Lycia". Lycian Turkey. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
  2. ^ Heatons of Tisbury Archived 2011-01-20 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Clayton, Timothy. "Watts, William". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/28896. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  4. ^ Hisham Khatib (23 May 2003). Palestine and Egypt Under the Ottomans: Paintings, Books, Photographs, Maps and Manuscripts. I.B.Tauris. p. 156. ISBN 978-1-86064-888-5.
  5. ^ Peltz, Lucy. "Milton, Thomas". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/18803. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)