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Title Madonna and Child in a Landscape
Collection Mount Edgcumbe House
Artist Manner of Italian School
Date Earliest possibly about 1800
Date Latest possibly about 1850
Description This small Virgin and Child is probably a copy after an Italian master. Its size and rather cursory technique indicate that it may have been a portable souvenir piece, painted for or by a foreign visitor completing the popular Grand Tour. The authorship can be partially explained by an old inventory of the collection, which notes that the painting was 'copied by the Hon. F. MacDonald'. The Mount Edgcumbe and MacDonald families were connected through the marriage of Caroline Anne Edgcumbe to George MacDonald of Clanranald in 1812.
Current Accession Number Plymm.054
Subject religion (Virgin and Child); landscape
Measurements 28.5 x 20 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given in lieu of tax from the estate of Edward Piers, 7th Earl of Mount Edgcumbe, 1985.
Notes Recorded in the inventory of paintings at Mount Edgcumbe House (possibly compiled before 1941): (The Red Room) 'The Child Jesus and Virgin Mary. From / Size 10 1/2 x 7 3/4. Copied by the Hon. F. MacDonald.' Recorded in 1961 inventory of paintings at Mount Edgcumbe: (Cremyll Room (N.E. Tower) / Virgin and Child (?) on Panel'.
Rights Owner Copyright Mount Edgcumbe Collection
Author Dr Anne L. Cowe

 

 

 

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