Oil painting on canvas, The Rt Hon. John Staples MP (1736-1820) by the studio of Pompeo Girolamo Batoni (Lucca 1708 – Rome 1787), circa 1773-1774. Half-length portrait of a young man, turned slightly to the right, gazing at the spectator, in pale brick-red coat, yellow waistcoat, white stock, his left hand on a stick.
No doubt by descent via the sitter’s daughter, Charlotte (1786–1847), who married William Lenox-Conyngham (1792–1858), to William Lowry Lenox-Conyngham (1903–1957), by whom sold to the National Trust in 1957, shortly before his death, along with the other contents of Springhill (which he gave to the National Trust), at a fraction of their value.
Springhill, The Lenox-Conyngham Collection (National Trust)
Makers and roles
studio of Pompeo Girolamo Batoni (Lucca 1708 – Rome 1787), artist
Laing 2009 Alastair Laing, “John Brown as a painter?” Apollo, suppl. Historic Houses and Collections Annual April 2009, pp.12-17, fig. 5