IBBETSON, Julius Caesar
(b. 1759, Leeds, d. 1817, Masham)


English painter. His unusual Christian names were given to him because of his Caesarian birth. He specialized in fairly small landscapes with figures and animals. Benjamin West called him 'the Berchem of England'. Ibbetson worked mainly in his native Yorkshire, but also for a time in London and the Lake District, and he visited Java (1789). He worked in watercolour as well as oil and also made etchings. In 1803 he published a treatise on painting. Like his friend Morland, Ibbetson is said to have been given to dissipation, but his work did not obviously suffer because of this as Morland's did.