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 Verrio, Antonio (Italian painter, ca. 1639-1707, active in England) , Col. the Hon. Sackville Tufton

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Title Col. the Hon. Sackville Tufton
Collection Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal
Artist Verrio, Antonio (Italian painter, ca. 1639-1707, active in England)
Date Earliest about 1670
Date Latest about 1700
Signed yes
Description Antonio Verrio (1639-1707) was a decorative painter of Italian origin. He came to England in 1671 and executed commissioned wall-paintings in aristocratic homes, showing vast baroque mythologies. He was greatly admired by Charles II for whom he did a lot of work at Windsor (mostly lost). From 1688 to 1698, he decorated the Heaven Room at Burghley House. Alexander Pope satirically wrote, ‘On painted ceilings you devoutly stare, Where sprawl the saints of Verrio or Laguerre.' The inscription on this painting could well be a later addition. The sitter wears a breastplate and red cloak and the absence of a wig suggests a date of around the late 1670s.
Current Accession Number AH 2283/81
Inscription front ur 'Col. The honble Sackville Tufton. Born June 11th 1646 Obt March 13th 1721 AETAT 75. VERIO PINXt'
Subject portrait (Tufton, Col. the Hon. Sackville)
Measurements 86.6 x 73.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased from the Dowager Lady Hothfield with aid from the V&A Purchase Grant Fund 1981.
Provenance Tufton family; by descent to the Lords Hothfield.
Notes Label on stretcher, back uc 'No.3'.
Rights Owner Lakeland Arts Trust
Author Lisa Howard
 

 

 

 

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