A cultivated gentleman

ANTON RAPHAEL MENGS (1728-1779) Lord Grey, 5th Earl of Stamford (c. 1760) Oil on canvas (96 x 74 cm) Dunham Massey Hall, England   As it is well known, Mengs and Batoni were the undisputed master-portraitists of their time. Every aristocratic British visitor to Rome was portrayed by one or the other. Their style was …

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A Welsh fop

FRANCIS COTES (1726-1770) Richard Myddleton MP (c. 1760=65) Oil on canvas (127 x 101 cm) National Museum of Wales   Richard Myddelton (1726-1795) could well be considered the quintessential MP, as he did not do anything at all, mind you MPs in those days were not paid the obscene amounts of money their counterparts get …

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The Aristocratic Musician

JEAN-MARC NATTIER (1685-1766) Francis Greville, 8th Baron Brooke, later 1st Earl of Warwick (1741) Oil on canvas (137 x 107 cm) Private collection   Jean-Marc Nattier is almost unknown to the majority of the English-speaking art lovers, This is a consequence of the narrow-minded attitude towards 18th-century French painting professed by most Anglo-American art historians …

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