Show me:
and
Clear all filters

  • 25 items Explore
  • 38 items
  • 25 items Explore
  • 48 items
  • 89 items
  • 3,438 items Explore
  • 92 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 4 items
  • 42 items
  • 10,903 items Explore
  • 209 items Explore
  • 1,212 items Explore
  • 8,531 items Explore
  • 5,000 items Explore
  • 72 items Explore
  • 128 items Explore
  • 10,650 items Explore
  • 13,057 items Explore
  • 4,619 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 5 items
  • 150 items Explore
  • 2,013 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 4,726 items Explore
  • 24 items Explore
  • 440 items Explore
  • 19,069 items Explore
  • 34 items Explore
  • 1,819 items Explore
  • 1,111 items Explore
  • 6 items
  • 5,502 items Explore
  • 455 items Explore
  • 29 items
  • 920 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 8 items
  • 19,071 items Explore
  • 787 items Explore
  • 19 items
  • 74 items Explore
  • 33 items
  • 800 items
  • 25 items
  • 61 items
  • 28 items
  • 303 items Explore
  • 6 items
  • 44 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 2 items
  • 145 items
  • 2 items
  • 2 items
  • 3 items
  • 121 items Explore
  • 119 items
  • 1,020 items Explore
  • 811 items
  • 95 items
  • 27 items
  • 7 items
  • 1 items
  • 26,390 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,670 items Explore
  • 1,528 items Explore
  • 403 items
  • 158 items Explore
  • 9,617 items Explore
  • 9,688 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 1 items
  • 39 items
  • 3 items
  • 4 items
  • 6,059 items Explore
  • 5,638 items Explore
  • 4,053 items Explore
  • 1,501 items Explore
  • 929 items Explore
  • 3,479 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 312 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 3,350 items Explore
  • 20 items Explore
  • 336 items Explore
  • 789 items Explore
  • 1,062 items Explore
  • 511 items Explore
  • 883 items Explore
  • 1,138 items
  • 89 items
  • 126 items Explore
  • 6,945 items Explore
  • 163 items
  • 310 items
  • 7 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 27 items
  • 61 items
  • 300 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 2,937 items Explore
  • 1,516 items Explore
  • 82 items
  • 43 items
  • 19,418 items Explore
  • 1,191 items Explore
  • 138 items
  • 839 items Explore
  • 32 items
  • 1 items
  • 132 items Explore
  • 24 items
  • 1 items
  • 22 items
  • 3 items
  • 252 items
  • 314 items
  • 841 items Explore
  • 1,897 items
  • 350 items Explore
  • 2,398 items
  • 2,533 items
  • 6 items
  • 3 items
  • 3 items
  • 4,386 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 33,434 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,307 items Explore
  • 279 items Explore
  • 8,047 items Explore
  • 31 items
  • 25 items
  • 724 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 65 items
  • 161 items
  • 52 items
  • 20,665 items Explore
  • 907 items
  • 18 items
  • 21,814 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 2,337 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1,051 items Explore
  • 59 items
  • 499 items
  • 3,288 items Explore
  • 166 items
  • 1 items
  • 453 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 21 items
  • 90 items Explore
  • 76 items
  • 289 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 6 items
  • 130 items
  • 294 items
  • 854 items
  • 878 items
  • 1 items
  • 369 items Explore
  • 273 items Explore
  • 11,292 items Explore
  • 760 items Explore
  • 6,247 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 6,769 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 1 items
  • 5,322 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 3,726 items Explore
  • 9,178 items Explore
  • 7,460 items Explore
  • 201 items
  • 19 items
  • 142 items
  • 7 items
  • 1,000 items Explore
  • 18 items
  • 4,151 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 4 items
  • 1,096 items Explore
  • 224 items
  • 1 items
  • 3,494 items Explore
  • 20 items
  • 695 items Explore
  • 19 items
  • 134 items
  • 3,490 items Explore
  • 13,470 items Explore
  • 2,719 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 8 items
  • 9,292 items Explore
  • 37 items
  • 2 items
  • 21,332 items Explore
  • 91 items
  • 38 items
  • 13,106 items Explore
  • 3,295 items Explore
  • 2,157 items Explore
  • 163 items
  • 39,802 items Explore
  • 635 items Explore
  • 415 items
  • 23,278 items Explore
  • 218 items
  • 1 items
  • 3 items
  • 1 items
  • 20 items
  • 30 items
  • 131 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 217 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 13,177 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 10,261 items
  • 9 items
  • 10 items
  • 14 items
  • 25 items
  • 4,524 items Explore
  • 918 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 220 items
  • 697 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 1 items
  • 2,281 items Explore
  • 1,636 items Explore
  • 15 items
  • 1,919 items Explore
  • 151 items
  • 2 items
  • 83 items
  • 771 items Explore
  • 3,149 items Explore
  • 39 items
  • 22 items
  • 12 items
  • 10,481 items Explore
  • 22,561 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 2 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 7 items
  • 1,374 items
  • 180 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 8 items
  • 92 items
  • 10,596 items Explore
  • 3,565 items Explore
  • 2,646 items Explore
  • 4,752 items Explore
  • 22 items
  • 45 items
  • 6,881 items Explore
  • 4,797 items Explore
  • 437 items Explore
  • 2,280 items Explore
  • 2,565 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 1,759 items Explore
  • 53 items
  • 223 items Explore
  • 448 items Explore
  • 5,875 items Explore
  • 8,882 items Explore
  • 1,849 items Explore
  • 5,689 items Explore
  • 3,336 items Explore
  • 10,344 items Explore
  • 86 items
  • 11 items
  • 2,598 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 24 items
  • 51 items
  • 3 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 2,163 items Explore
  • 620 items Explore
  • 62 items
  • 17 items
  • 151 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 87 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 464 items
  • 9 items
  • 997 items
  • 3,604 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 9,411 items Explore
  • 48 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 42 items
  • 3 items
  • 13,699 items Explore
  • 1,201 items Explore
  • 92 items
  • 10,544 items Explore
  • 939 items Explore
  • 1,958 items
  • 5,985 items Explore
  • 21 items
  • 2 items
  • 12,759 items Explore
  • 1,385 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 9,571 items Explore
  • 16,143 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 1,679 items Explore
  • 175 items
  • 58 items
  • 5,734 items Explore
  • 8,358 items Explore
  • 48 items
  • 25 items
  • 2 items
  • 59 items
  • 3 items
  • 7,334 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 439 items Explore
  • 13 items
  • 4 items
  • 6 items
  • 4 items
  • 104 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 5 items
  • 480 items
  • 183 items Explore
  • 8,376 items Explore
  • 55 items
  • 23,473 items Explore
  • 7,291 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 26 items
  • 2,960 items Explore
  • 339 items
  • 4 items
  • 326 items Explore
  • 12,515 items Explore
  • 55 items
  • 20 items
  • 7 items
  • 4 items
  • 324 items Explore
  • 451 items
  • 184 items
  • 3,634 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 1,143 items Explore
  • 2,239 items Explore
  • 732 items Explore
  • 36 items
  • 1,148 items Explore
  • 97 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 249 items Explore
  • 71,132 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,063 items Explore
  • 2,831 items Explore
  • 28 items
  • 3,296 items Explore
  • 486 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 16,910 items Explore
  • 5,547 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 628 items Explore
  • 85 items
  • 468 items
  • 39 items
  • 76 items
  • 29 items
  • 332 items
  • 3 items
  • 41 items
  • 1,176 items Explore
  • 109 items
  • 805 items
  • 32 items
  • 10,665 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 13 items
  • 1,170 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 266 items
  • 15,850 items Explore
  • 78 items
  • 17 items
  • 1 items
  • 10 items
  • 6 items
  • 324 items
  • 2 items
  • 628 items Explore
  • 1,594 items Explore
  • 1,035 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 261 items

Select a time period

Or choose a specific year

Clear all filters

Thomas Noel-Hill, 2nd Baron Berwick of Attingham, FSA (1770-1832)

Angelica Kauffman RA (Chur 1741 – Rome 1807)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

1793 (signed and dated)

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

2197 x 1435 mm (86 1/2 x 56 1/2 in)

Place of origin

Rome

Order this image

Collection

Attingham Park, Shropshire (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Drawing Room, Attingham Hall, Attingham Park, Shropshire, Midlands, National Trust

NT 608952

Caption

The youthful sitter of this portrait is Thomas Noel-Hill, 2nd Baron Berwick, who inherited Attingham in 1789, aged 19, and soon embarked on a Grand Tour of Italy where he acquired a taste for works of art and extravagant spending. While in Rome, he chose the acclaimed Swiss-born, Italian-trained artist Angelica Kauffman to paint his portrait. After a fêted career in London which culminated in becoming a founder-member of the Royal Academy, she returned to Italy where she continued to enjoy international patronage. Whilst the background to the painting depicts a typical classical scene, Berwick’s outfit is deliberately archaic. His cavalier frills and slashed silk sleeves recall the work of the 17th-century Flemish Baroque artist and leading court painter of England, Anthony van Dyck. Costumes in the van Dyckian style were in vogue among the elite in the mid-18th century, offering opportunities to flaunt wealth and glamour. Angelica Kauffman recorded in her Italian notebook that Lord Berwick paid 220 ‘zecchini’ (gold coins) for the portrait. In 1794, when he finally returned to England, Berwick had already amassed a considerable collection of pictures and was contemplating alterations to Attingham in order to hang them. Eventually, Lord Berwick ran out of money and by 1827 his profligacy forced him to sell the complete contents of Attingham, including all the pictures save the family portraits - which is why this painting by Kauffman survives.

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, Thomas Noel-Hill, 2nd Baron Berwick of Attingham, FSA (1770-1832) by Angelica Kauffman RA (Chur 1741 – Rome 1807), signed and dated: Angelica Kauffmañ Pinx: Romae 1793. A full-length portrait of Thomas Noel-Hill, as young man seated on stool, wearing Van Dyck dress of black silk, white lace collar and cuffs, slashed blue sleeves, blue rosettes at knees and shoes, his left hand on sword. Pedestal and urn to right, column and curtain behind. He was the son of Noel Hill, 1st Baron Berwick of Attingham and Anna Vernon and married Sophia Dubochet, daughter of John James Dubochet, on 8 February 1812. He died on 3 November 1832 in Naples, Italy, where he was buried, without issue. He travelled extensively in Italy, and while he was in Rome with Edward Clarke, the latter recorded that 'Lord Berwick is employing Angelica Kauffmann in painting and I am now selecting passages from the poets for her to paint for his house at Attingham.” Edward Clarke specifically mentions the commissioning of this portrait in his letter of 5 December 1792, and gives at the same time an idea of the context that it was commissioned in. He goes on, after the passage quoted above: 'he has left me to follow my own taste in painting and sculpture. I have ordered for him two superb copies of the Venus de Medici and the Belvedere Apollo [from John Deare?] as large as the originals. ..... In painting, I have selected two passages from Euripides, to be executed by Grignon; Freedom, from Chatterton's Ode, by Angelica Kauffmann; his portrait, and another allegorical painting by the same artist .....” It is recorded in Kauffamn's Italian notebook that Lord Berwick paid 220 zecchini for the portrait, which was painted in Rome, through Thomas Jenkins, November 1793. He is described as wearing Spanish costume. The next entry, described as painted for [the dowager] Lady Berwick, is for: “Miss Hill, now Lady Bruce, daughter [recte-sister] of the above; life size full half-length figure, attired as a Muse ....”, but which was paid for by Lord Bruce (subsequently 1st Marquess of Ailesbury), and subsequently at Tottenham House, Savernake Forest. By 1794 when he returned to England with Clarke he had already amassed a considerable collection of pictures and was contemplating alterations to the house in order to hang them. By 1827 his extravagance forced him to sell the complete contents of Attingham, and this included all the pictures except for family portraits. Picture sales took place at Christie's, 17 and 30 November and 1 December 1827 and by Robins (Contents of Attingham) on 30 July. The extent of his collection, which was catalogued anonymously ('Property of a gentleman lately bought from a palace in Italy .... who has resided thirty years in Italy') can be seen from the fact that the sales at Christie's alone comprised 326 lots.

Provenance

Commissioned from the artist by Thomas Noel, 2nd Lord Berwick, paid the sum of 220 Zecchini, through Thomas Jenkins, November 1793.; possibly bought-in at the Attingham sale in 1827. 1847 Catalogue of Paintings p.5; 1861 Inventory p.211; bequeathed to the National Trust with the estate, house and contents of Attingham by Thomas Henry Noel-Hill, 8th Baron Berwick (1877-1947) on 15th May 1953.

Credit line

Attingham Park, The Berwick Collection (National Trust)

Marks and inscriptions

Angelica Kauffmann Pinx Romae 1793 (signed and dated on bottom of plinth)

Makers and roles

Angelica Kauffman RA (Chur 1741 – Rome 1807), artist

References

Otter 1825 William Otter, The Life and Remains of Edward Daniel Clarke, 1825, vol.I, pp.131-32 Manners and Williamson, 1924: Lady Victoria Manners and G.C.Williamson, Angelica Kauffmann, London, 1924, p.164 Roworth 1992 Wendy Wassing Roworth (ed.), Angelica Kauffman 1992, pp.75, 93-94. Jones 2018 Saraid Jones, ‘Angelica Kauffman at Attingham Park', National Trust Historic Houses & Collections Annual, 2018, pp.32-8

View more details