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Humphry Morice (1723 - 1785)

Pompeo Girolamo Batoni (Lucca 1708 – Rome 1787)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

1761 - 1762

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

1175 x 1728 mm (46 1/4 x 68 in)

Place of origin

Rome

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Collection

Basildon Park, Berkshire (Accredited Museum)

On show at

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

NT 267114

Caption

Batoni was one of the most sought after portraitists of his age, particularly amongst English aristocrats on the Grand Tour. Humphry Morice sat for Batoni during his second trip to Italy. He is shown reclining in a wooded landscape with his hunting dogs.

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, Humphry Morice (1723 - 1785) by Pompeo Girolamo Batoni (Lucca 1708 – Rome 1787), 1761/2. A full-length portrait, lying in the open air in a woodland setting with hunting dogs. He was a celebrated animal lover. This portrait is an autograph replica, signed and dated 1762, in the collection of Sir James and Lady Graham at Norton Conyers, North Yorkshire. Morice made three trips to Italy and it was on the second that he sat for Batoni in Rome. The Torre Leonina and the Torre dei Venti can be seen in the distance. He purchased Batoni's Diana and Cupid, now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art on 1 April 1762 and this picture was intended as its pendant. This is a unique composition for a portrait of the artist although popular amongst younger Grand Tourists. An oval half-length portrait of Morice is in the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut and may be the original sketch from life.

Provenance

Mrs Benedict Eyre, Hartwell House, Aylesbury; her sale, Sotheby's, 26 April 1968 (133); from which bought by RBF; on loan from Augustine Ford, from the collection of Sir Brinsley Ford (1908-1999)

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, 243, p. 284 Ford 1998 Brinsley Ford, John Ingamells, Francis Russell, John Christian, Nicholas Penny, Jennifer Montagu, Howard Coutts, Timothy Wilson & Dudley Dodd, The Ford Collection – II, Walpole Society, Vol. 60, 1998, pp. 91-376, RBF4 Garnett 2015, Oliver Garnett, At Home with Art Treasures from the Ford Collection at Basildon Park, National Trust, 2015, pp. 14-15

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