Monday, February 1, 2010

The Gentleman in Art...

Dear all,

Just a quick post to say that I am taking brief hiatus from the Willowbrook Park Blog, but will return in a fortnight. Till then, I hope you enjoy this small pictorial tour of the gentleman as depicted in art over the centuries...


  1. Some terrific portraits. Can you enlighren us as to who is who?

  2. I recognise Louis XIVth & XVIIth, and The Duke of Wellingon, but need help on the others. The last pictue is also familiar, but again my knowledge falls short.

  3. waw i just love men portrets, i have one at home of rousseau, just wonderful.


  4. The portraits, in order, are of the following:

    1. A shooting party, painted by John Wootton in 1740. Currently held in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle.

    2. The Gentleman in Pink (anonymous), painted by Giovanni Battista Moroni in 1560. Held in the collection at Palazzo Moroni, Bergamo.

    3. Unknown ? Spanish Gentleman

    4.Felipe Manuel, Prince of Savoya, painted by Juan Pantoja De La Cruz in Ca. 1604. Currently held in the Museo de Bellas Artes, Bilbao.

    5. Prince Maurits, Painted by Michiel Jansz van Miereveld,Ca. 1625. Held at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

    6. Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury, painted by Isaac Oliver in the late 1500s.

    7. Louis XV, painted by Alexis Simon Belle. In the Versailles collection.

    8. Louis XIV, painted by Hyacinthe Rigaud in 1701. In the Versailles collection (hanging in the Salon de Apollo).

    9. Louis XIV, painted by Hyacinthe Rigaud Ca. 1701 Musée du Louvre, Paris.

    10. Louis XVI, painted by Antoine-François Callet in 1788.In the Versailles collection.

    11. Unknown Self Portrait (I forget the artist).

    12. Unknown man, Painted by François-Xavier Fabre, Ca. 1809. The National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh.

    13. Johann Christian Fischer, painted by Thomas Gainsborough Ca. 1780. The Royal Collection, Windsor.

    14. Joachim Ulrich Giese, painted by Georg David Matthieu Ca. 1763. The Staatliche Museen, Berlin.

    15. Charles IV, painted by Anton Raphael Mengs Ca. 1765. The Museo del Prado, Madrid.

    16. Prince Ernest Gottlob Albert of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Painted by Johann Zoffany, Ca. 1772. The Royal Collection, Windsor.

    17 & 18. Unknown Gentlemen.

    19. Squire John Wilkinson, painted by Thomas Gainsborough, Ca. 1776. The Staatliche Museen, Berlin.

    20. Don José Moñino y Redondo, painted by Pompeo Batoni, Ca. 1776. The Art Institute, Chicago.

    21. The Duke of Wellington by Francisco Goya, Ca. 1812. The National Gallery, London.

    22. Pyotr M. Volkonsky, painted by George Dawe Ca. 1825. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg.

    23. Pyotr Volkonsky, painted by Franz Kruger, Ca 1850. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg.

    24. Richard Tattersall, painted by Thomas Beach, Ca. 1790.

    25-28. Unknown.

    29. Charles Cecil Roberts, painted by Pompeo Batoni, Ca. 1778. The Museo del Prado, Madrid

    30. Sir Gregory Page-Turner, painted by Pompeo Batoni Ca. 1768.
    Private collection.

    31-35 Unknown.

  5. Thank you. I tacked an extra I onto my second Louis, so should've been 16th not 18th, obviously! The Zoffany is stunning, with exquisite use of light and shadow. I bought a portrait recently, which was attributed to Zoffany, but I'm not so sure, and am awaiting research. The style is quite different, but his style varied, judging by other portraits. And of course there is the inevitable "school of".

  6. Glad to have discovered your blog. Excellent choice of subject, beautiful visuals. (And is that a prince of the Medici family in the 4th portrait? -- Oh, I just saw that in your comments you identify him as a Prince of Savoy; I'll take your word for it. Havne't seen all the Medici portraits for a while.)
    All the best,


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