Pieter Casteels was Flemish by birth, but spent the majority of his life working in England. He was born in Antwerp on 3rd October 1684, the son of a painter, also Pieter Casteels, with whom he and his brother Frans (1628-1727)studied.
Pieter Casteels was primarily a painter of floral still lifes and arrangements of dead game and live fowl and birds, much in the manner of Melchior d’Hondecoeter (1636-1695), whose works would have been familiar to him.
In 1708 Casteels left Antwerp for London in the company of his brother-in-law Peter Tillemans (1684-1734 ), a topographical painter of country houses. Casteels lived and worked in London achieving considerable success with his still lifes and composition of birds.
In 1711, he was appointed director in Sir Godfrey Kneller’s Academy, the first academy formed in London, and in 1713, he returned briefly to Antwerp to become a master in the Guild, thereafter returning to London.
In 1726 Casteels published a set of twelve etchings of his paintings, which would have served to disseminate his works to wider audience.
In 1735 Casteels returned to Tooting, south west of London before moving to Richmond where he died on 16 May 1749.
Casteels paintings were enormously popular and furnished the country homes of the aristocracy and landed gentry.
His work can be found in the Museum in Lubeck.
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