Four Children acting Macbeth and the Witches
John Westbrooke Chandler (1764 - Edinburgh d.1804/5)
This is a sketch for a larger picture exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1787 as 'Portraits of four daughters of a gentleman at play, as Macbeth and the witches'. It is not necessarily, as once thought, the daughters of Lord Brownlow, who would have been called a nobleman. Chandler was the natural son of George, 2nd Earl of Warwick (1746-1816). He worked in London, Aberdeen and Edinburgh, before becoming a madman.
Oil painting on canvas, Four Children acting Macbeth and the Witches, by John Westbrooke Chandler (1764 - Edinburgh d.1804/5). Four children in a landscape, the young child playing Macbeth on the left wearing a tartan kilt and a large feathered hat, points with his left hand to the three children playing the three witches beneath a large tree on the right, view of a distant landscape with a cloudy sky in the centre and left background
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) from Edward John Peregrine Cust, 7th Baron Brownlow, C. St J. (b.1936) in 1984
Belton House, The Brownlow Collection (acquired with the help of the National Heritage Memorial Fund by the National Trust in 1984)
Makers and roles
John Westbrooke Chandler (1764 - Edinburgh d.1804/5), artist