Show me:
and
Clear all filters

  • 25 items Explore
  • 38 items
  • 24 items Explore
  • 47 items
  • 92 items
  • 3,514 items Explore
  • 89 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 38 items
  • 9,881 items Explore
  • 208 items Explore
  • 1,211 items Explore
  • 7,415 items Explore
  • 4,951 items Explore
  • 75 items Explore
  • 104 items Explore
  • 9,267 items Explore
  • 155 items Explore
  • 4,285 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 121 items Explore
  • 2,035 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 4,689 items Explore
  • 24 items Explore
  • 440 items Explore
  • 18,099 items Explore
  • 34 items Explore
  • 1,904 items Explore
  • 961 items Explore
  • 6 items
  • 4,899 items Explore
  • 398 items Explore
  • 29 items
  • 923 items Explore
  • 1 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 9 items
  • 15,144 items Explore
  • 787 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 70 items Explore
  • 33 items
  • 798 items
  • 20 items
  • 61 items
  • 28 items
  • 303 items Explore
  • 6 items
  • 55 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 2 items
  • 133 items
  • 2 items
  • 107 items Explore
  • 116 items
  • 899 items Explore
  • 333 items
  • 833 items
  • 91 items
  • 27 items
  • 7 items
  • 22,571 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,331 items Explore
  • 1,465 items Explore
  • 352 items
  • 192 items Explore
  • 7,656 items Explore
  • 8,888 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 1 items
  • 39 items
  • 3 items
  • 4 items
  • 5,736 items Explore
  • 5,362 items Explore
  • 4,027 items Explore
  • 857 items Explore
  • 859 items Explore
  • 2,474 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 313 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 2,570 items Explore
  • 20 items Explore
  • 309 items Explore
  • 727 items Explore
  • 778 items Explore
  • 476 items Explore
  • 902 items Explore
  • 986 items
  • 89 items
  • 125 items Explore
  • 5,175 items Explore
  • 163 items
  • 311 items
  • 7 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 22 items
  • 58 items
  • 302 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 2,852 items Explore
  • 1,292 items Explore
  • 69 items
  • 43 items
  • 17,717 items Explore
  • 1,092 items Explore
  • 138 items
  • 62 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 1 items
  • 145 items Explore
  • 18 items
  • 23 items
  • 252 items
  • 311 items
  • 962 items Explore
  • 1,893 items
  • 526 items Explore
  • 1,665 items
  • 952 items
  • 6 items
  • 2 items
  • 3 items
  • 3,726 items Explore
  • 29,590 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,054 items Explore
  • 189 items Explore
  • 6,782 items Explore
  • 31 items
  • 25 items
  • 715 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 65 items
  • 157 items
  • 52 items
  • 18,889 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 824 items
  • 17 items
  • 2 items
  • 16,802 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 1,862 items Explore
  • 1,021 items Explore
  • 44 items
  • 371 items
  • 3,263 items Explore
  • 79 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 473 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 19 items
  • 90 items Explore
  • 68 items
  • 289 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 4 items
  • 112 items
  • 270 items
  • 764 items
  • 718 items
  • 1 items
  • 342 items Explore
  • 459 items Explore
  • 10,372 items Explore
  • 689 items Explore
  • 5,846 items Explore
  • 19 items
  • 4,907 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 1 items
  • 5,125 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 3,298 items Explore
  • 9,172 items Explore
  • 6,303 items Explore
  • 181 items
  • 19 items
  • 142 items
  • 7 items
  • 846 items Explore
  • 17 items
  • 3,503 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 4 items
  • 1,022 items Explore
  • 194 items
  • 1 items
  • 3,486 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 20 items
  • 698 items Explore
  • 35 items
  • 1 items
  • 114 items
  • 3,184 items Explore
  • 12,122 items Explore
  • 2,699 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 7,391 items Explore
  • 31 items
  • 1 items
  • 21,402 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 91 items
  • 38 items
  • 13,890 items Explore
  • 3,286 items Explore
  • 1,645 items Explore
  • 162 items
  • 27,719 items Explore
  • 634 items Explore
  • 415 items
  • 20,981 items Explore
  • 233 items
  • 1 items
  • 16 items
  • 30 items
  • 816 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 192 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 14,770 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 9 items
  • 10 items
  • 13 items
  • 25 items
  • 2,808 items Explore
  • 854 items Explore
  • 11 items
  • 1 items
  • 187 items
  • 592 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 2,080 items Explore
  • 781 items Explore
  • 15 items
  • 1,829 items Explore
  • 135 items
  • 31 items
  • 633 items Explore
  • 3,003 items Explore
  • 68 items
  • 22 items
  • 12 items
  • 5,784 items Explore
  • 17,262 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 3 items
  • 1,194 items
  • 142 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 7 items
  • 77 items
  • 9,781 items Explore
  • 3,484 items Explore
  • 2,618 items Explore
  • 4,670 items Explore
  • 23 items
  • 56 items
  • 5,833 items Explore
  • 4,027 items Explore
  • 461 items Explore
  • 2,255 items Explore
  • 1,754 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 1,273 items Explore
  • 41 items
  • 216 items Explore
  • 366 items Explore
  • 5,753 items Explore
  • 8,666 items Explore
  • 1,827 items Explore
  • 2,150 items Explore
  • 3,296 items Explore
  • 7,546 items Explore
  • 72 items
  • 2,490 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 24 items
  • 51 items
  • 1 items
  • 1,289 items Explore
  • 614 items Explore
  • 60 items
  • 16 items
  • 137 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 73 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 466 items
  • 934 items
  • 3,572 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 8,230 items Explore
  • 45 items Explore
  • 23 items
  • 44 items
  • 3 items
  • 12,896 items Explore
  • 1,305 items Explore
  • 91 items
  • 4,816 items Explore
  • 769 items Explore
  • 1,977 items
  • 4,613 items Explore
  • 21 items
  • 12,335 items Explore
  • 1,335 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 9,553 items Explore
  • 15,788 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 1,681 items Explore
  • 175 items
  • 26 items
  • 5,407 items Explore
  • 7,525 items Explore
  • 48 items
  • 11 items
  • 2 items
  • 59 items
  • 6,542 items Explore
  • 251 items Explore
  • 11 items
  • 4 items
  • 6 items
  • 4 items
  • 104 items Explore
  • 423 items
  • 117 items Explore
  • 7,271 items Explore
  • 45 items
  • 20,782 items Explore
  • 6,600 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 22 items
  • 317 items Explore
  • 279 items
  • 161 items Explore
  • 10,840 items Explore
  • 54 items
  • 16 items
  • 67 items
  • 4 items
  • 314 items Explore
  • 403 items
  • 172 items
  • 3,256 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 1,213 items Explore
  • 1,814 items Explore
  • 567 items Explore
  • 20 items
  • 1,066 items Explore
  • 96 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 253 items Explore
  • 56,166 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 2,627 items Explore
  • 2,639 items Explore
  • 62 items
  • 3,230 items Explore
  • 97 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 10,503 items Explore
  • 5,341 items
  • 7 items
  • 658 items Explore
  • 85 items
  • 468 items
  • 40 items
  • 72 items
  • 29 items
  • 411 items
  • 3 items
  • 42 items
  • 1,057 items Explore
  • 91 items
  • 463 items
  • 46 items
  • 8,284 items Explore
  • 9 items
  • 946 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 14,191 items Explore
  • 93 items
  • 17 items
  • 5 items
  • 302 items
  • 2 items
  • 544 items Explore
  • 1,681 items Explore
  • 788 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 154 items

Select a time period

Or choose a specific year

Clear all filters

Miss Frances Lyde Browne holding Music and a Wreath

Pompeo Girolamo Batoni (Lucca 1708 – Rome 1787)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

1777 - 1778

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

756 x 629 mm (29 ¾ x 24 ¾ in)

Place of origin

Rome

Order this image

Collection

Basildon Park, Berkshire (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Basildon Park, West Berkshire, London and South East, National Trust

NT 267081

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, Miss Frances Lyde Browne holding Music and a Wreath by Pompeo Girolamo Batoni (Lucca 1708 – Rome 1787), signed in black, bottom left: P. BATONI. P. ROMA. 177 [7?] and inscribed in gold, top left: Frances Browne / 1778. A half-length portrait of a young woman, seated to the left, head and eyes turned to the right, dressed in a light blue bodice with an orange mantle and wearing a turban. She holds sheets of music [decipherable?] on a pink cushion with a gold tassel with her left hand and holds up a laurel wreath over it with her right. She accompanied her father, the 18th century antiquities collector, Lyde Browne )d. 1787), on his second visit to Rome between 1776 and 1778 where she sat to Batoni, the leading Roman portrait painter of the period. The financier, antiquarian, and collector, Lyde Browne (d. 1787), FSA, visited Italy with his wife in 1753 and with his family in 1776 – 77. On the second visit, he is recorded as arriving in Venice on 16th May 1776; by 18 December he was in Rome, where Thomas Jones waited on him and his family. There is no further record of him there, according to Brinsley Ford’s A Dictionary of British and Irish Travellers in Italy 1701 – 1800, ed. John Ingamells, New Haven & London, 1997, pp.141 – 42, so it seems likely that the picture was painted in 1777, despite the inscription identifying the sitter, with the date 1778 (although it is also always possible that the picture was not completed until that year). Portraits of female English sitters by Batoni are something of a rarity. The young woman presumably had aspirations to be recognised for the quality of her singing, in which she seems to have been indulged by her father, given that she alone appears to have been painted by Batoni, and in this guise. Mrs. James Alexander, by contrast, who was painted in 1777 in the same sort of turban holds a sprig of myrtle, a symbol of marital love or fidelity (see Clark & Bowron, no.401).

Provenance

By descent in the family of the sitter’s brother (via Lyde Browne’s son), also Lyde Browne (?1759 – 1803), whose second son, by his wife Margaret Barwell, Colonel Lyde Browne, commander of the 21st Fusiliers (who was killed putting down Emmett’s Rebellion, 1803), married Dorothy Riou; their only daughter and heiress, Charlotte Riou Browne (d.1875), who in 1826 married Moses George Benson, J.P., D.L., of Lutwyche Hall, Shropshire (1797 – 1871); to the successive heads of the Benson family of Lutwyche Hall; to Ralph Benson (b. 1919), London, eldest son of Major George Reginald Benson (1888 - ?); his sale Christie’s, London, 17th November 1967, lot 108; bought by Thos. Agnew & Sons, London, from whom acquired by Langton Iliffe, 2nd Lord Iliffe (1908-1996) and his wife Renée, Lady Iliffe (1917-207); accepted in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to the National Trust for display at Basildon Park, 2010.

Marks and inscriptions

Verso: on stretcher: old Agnew’s label, No. 33993, and more recent store label, with stock no.: WA 2915; small label with printed blue no.: 12528; small label, with ink no.: WO / 16068; Christie’s stencil: XL 697; in white chalk: XL 697 OMP and 3H Verso: on frame: small printed label: 3862; in white chalk: XL697

Makers and roles

Pompeo Girolamo Batoni (Lucca 1708 – Rome 1787), artist

References

Clark and Bowron 1985 Anthony M. Clark & Edgar Peters Bowron (ed.), Pompeo Batoni A Complete Catalogue of his Works with an Introductory Text, Oxford 1985, no.408, p.346 & pl.366

View more details