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Pompeo Girolamo Batoni

Italy (Lucca 1708 -  Roma 1787 ) Wikipedia® : Pompeo Girolamo Batoni
BATONI Pompeo Girolamo Group Portrait Of The Hon. Arthur Saunders Gore

Jul 5, 2018
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Pompeo Girolamo Batoni - Portrait Of A Lady As Flora, Half-length, Holding A Wicker Basket Of Flowers

Pompeo Girolamo Batoni - Portrait Of A Lady As Flora, Half-length, Holding A Wicker Basket Of Flowers

Original 1775


Gross Price
Lot number: 60
Pompeo Batoni (Lucca 1708-1787 Rome) Portrait of a lady as Flora, half-length, holding a wicker basket of flowers signed and dated \‘POMPEO BATONI. 1775\’ (center right, on the armband) oil on canvas, unframed 28 7/8 x 24 1/8 in. (73.4 x 61.3 cm.) Provenance Anonymous sale; Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 18 June 1912, lot 35 (720 F). Noël François Mutinot (1878-1965), Paris and the Loire, and by descent in the family, from whom acquired by the present owner.
Pompeo Girolamo Batoni - Group Portrait Of The Hon. Arthur Saunders Gore

Pompeo Girolamo Batoni - Group Portrait Of The Hon. Arthur Saunders Gore

Original 1769


Gross Price
Lot number: 55
Pompeo Batoni (Lucca 1708-1787 Rome) Group portrait of the Hon. Arthur Saunders Gore, Viscount Sudley, later 2nd Earl of Arran (1734-1809), and his wife Catherine, née Annesley (1739-1770), with their son (?), Arthur Saunders Gore, later 3rd Earl of Arran (1761-1837), as Cupid, three-quarter-length signed and dated 'POMPEIVUS BATONI PINXIT ROMÆ 1769' (lower right, on the hem of Catherine's shawl) oil on canvas 44 7/8 x 34 in. (113.8 x 86.3 cm.) Provenance By descent in the sitter\’s family.
Pompeo Girolamo Batoni - The Nativity

Pompeo Girolamo Batoni - The Nativity

Original 1988


Gross Price
Lot number: 121
Workshop of Pompeo Batoni (Lucca 1708–1787 Rome) The Nativity, oil on canvas, octagonal, 54 x 42 cm, framed Provenance: art market, London, 1988; art market, Paris, 1995; where acquired by the present owner Literature: E. P. Bowron, Pompeo Batoni, A complete catalogue of his paintings, New Haven and London 2016, vol. I, p. 128, mentioned under no. 111p (under copies) Specialist: Mark Mac Donnell
Pompeo Girolamo Batoni - Portrait Of Prince Edward Augustus, Duke Of York And Albany

Pompeo Girolamo Batoni - Portrait Of Prince Edward Augustus, Duke Of York And Albany

Original 1764


Gross Price
Lot number: 325
Pompeo Girolamo Batoni

LUCCA 1708 - 1787 ROME


signed and dated on the ledge, center right: P. BATONI PINXIT ROMAE. 1764. (AE in ligature) and stamped on the reverse of the canvas: H.S.B. 121

oil on canvas

53 3/4 by 39 in.; 136.5 by 99.3 cm.

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Saleroom Notice


Schloss Braunschweig, by 1911, inv. no. 121;

Offered for sale, Christie's, London, 21st July 1944 or 1946, lot 161, where it was likely bought in and returned to the collection of the House of Hanover;

Prince Ernst August of Hanover (born 1954), Schloss Marienburg, Pattensen bei Hannover (fig. 1);

His sale, ("Property from the Royal House of Hanover"), Schloss Marienburg, Sotheby's, 6 October 2005, lot 589;

With Galleria Cesare Lampronti, Rome;

From whom acquired in 2010.


E. Emmerling, Pompeo Batoni, sein Leben und Werken, Cologne 1932, p. 108, cat. no. 60 (as dated 1759);

A. Clark, E.P. Bowron (ed.), Pompeo Batoni, A Complete Catalogue of his Works with an Introductory Text, London 1985, pp. 294-5, under cat. no. 273;

O. Millar, "Pompeo Batoni, A Complete Catalogue", (book review), in The Burlington Magazine, vol. 129, 1987, pp. 604-605;

M. Levey, The later Italian Pictures in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen, London 1991, p. 10;

E.P. Bowron, P. Bjorn Kerber, Pompeo Batoni, Prince of Painters in Eighteen Century Rome, exhibition catalogue, New Haven and London 2007, pp. 42, 97, 113, 174, reproduced p. 43, fig. 39;

C.D. Dickerson III, in R.R. Brettell and C.D. Dickerson (eds.), From the Private Collections of Texas: European Art, Ancient to Modern, exhibition catalogue, Fortworth 2010, p. 190, under cat. no. 32 and note 4;

F. Petrucci, Pittura di ritratto a Roma: Il Settecento, Rome 2010, vol. I, pp. 164-165, cat. no. 4, reproduced vol. II, p. 398, fig. 80;

E.P. Bowron, Pompeo Batoni: A Complete Catalogue of His Paintings, New Haven and London 2016, vol. I, pp. 343–344, cat. no. 284.

Edward August, Duke of York, was the first member of the English royal family to travel to Italy as a Grand Tourist. While in Rome between 15 and 28 April 1764, the Duke sat for Pompeo Batoni, Italy\’\’ \’\’s finest portrait painter, who enjoyed the patronage of Rome\’\’\’\’s most distinguished foreign visitors. This portrait is one of several signed versions, each of magnificent quality, including three in the Royal Collection and another formerly in the collection of Earl Howe at Penn House, Buckinghamshire, now in an American private collection.


The number of autograph versions is testament to the portrait\’\’\’\’s contemporary popularity and many of the autograph replicas were commissioned by the sitter himself to be sent to friends. The Englishman James Martin (1738-1810), who kept a diary during the course of his own Grand Tour, visited Batoni\’\’\’\’s studio on various occasions. In an entry to dated 20 July 1764 he mentions "Went to Pompeia Batoni\’\’\’\’s saw there several portraits. He has made a copy from that of the Duke of Yorke & rec\’\’\’\’d orders for One or Two more.\”


The painting now at Windsor Castle, for example, was given by the Duke to James Duff, 2


Earl of Fife and the Penn House version was given directly to Richard, Earl Howe. The canvas generally considered to be the prime, now at Buckingham Palace, was given to Sir Horace Mann, who later presented it to the Duke\’\’\’\’s brother, King George III.


While the Duke\’\’\’\’s visit to Italy was not politically motivated, it came shortly after the end of the Seven Years War and elicited great interest. Many prominent members of Roman society were keen to ingratiate themselves with the new Hanoverian ruling family. In a vain attempt to elude attention, the Duke of York traveled to Italy in cognito as the "Earl of Ulster", but from the time of his arrival in Genoa on 28 November 1763 to his departure on 17 August 1764, his trip was documented in regular newspaper accounts, both in Italy and at home. His sitting with Batoni may have been organized by Richard Dalton who was librarian to the Duke\’\’\’\’s brother, King George III. Dalton travelled regularly to Italy to purchase works of art on behalf of the King and, given his knowledge of the country, would have played a key role in the coordination of the Duke\’\’\’\’s tour.
Edward Augustus sat for Batoni wearing the sash of the Order of the Garter and the undress uniform of a flag officer. Batoni would have had a variety of backdrops for his sitters to choose from; the Duke opted to be depicted before one of Rome\’\’\’\’s most recognizable monuments, the Colosseum.

Cardinal Albani implored the Duke to visit Rome during his Italian sojourn and entertained him at the Villa Albani outside Porta Salaria. The Cardinal also arranged for the British painter and antiquary Thomas Jenkins to act as the Duke\’\’\’\’s guide, or cicerone, for the duration of his trip while the art historian and archeologist Johann Joachim Winkelmann was tasked with advising him on the purchase of art.
The Duke\’\’\’\’s attention, however, appears to have been focused less on Italy\’\’\’\’s rich historical and artistic offerings and more on its promise of diversion. The Duke\’\’\’\’ s reputation as a philanderer and libertine became fodder for the newspapers who relished in reporting each alleged conquest. Less than impressed by the Duke\’\’\’\’s exploits, Winkelmann described him as \“the greatest princely beast that I know, [who] does no honour to his rank and nation.\”
Winkelmann was not alone in his contempt for the Duke, as Ilaria Bignamini writes, \“no eighteenth-century Grand Tourist had a worst reputation than the Duke of York both at home and abroad.\”
Horace Walpole\’\’\’\’ s account of him in a letter to Horace Mann was scathing to say the least: \“a milk-white angel, white even to his eyes and eyelashes, very purblind and whose tongue runs like a fiddlestick. (…) York seems a title fated to sit on silly heads – or don\’\’\’\’t let us talk of him; he is not worth it.\”
It is worth noting, however, that Walpole\’\’\’\’s view of the Duke was likely tainted, as the royal is said to have \“stolen a lady\” from him.
Whether or not personal retribution was a factor, Walpole certainly did everything in his power to discredit the Duke of York, propagating the opinion that his tour of Italy reflected the king\’\’\’\’ s desire to distance his free-thinking brother from the British political arena.

Despite his reputation, the Duke of York was well received in Rome and was showered with gifts from the Pope. The Duke resolved to return to Italy three years later, according to Walpole, \“intending to visit a lady at Genoa, with whom he was in love.\”
He stopped in the South of France where he was taken ill and died shortly after in Monaco, on 17 September 1767.

1. E.P. Bowron, under Literature, vol. I, pp. 340-344, cat. nos. 281-284. 2. J. Martin, \“Grand Tour Journal, 1763-5. MS,\” extracts published in E.P. Bowron, op. cit., vol. I, p. 341. 3. A.M. Clark, op. cit. 4. D.Goodreau, in Nathaniel Dance, 1735-1811, (exhibition catalogue), London 1977 (no page numbers). 5. E.P. Bowron, op. cit., vol. I, p. 340. 6. J.J. Winkelmann, Briefe, W. Rehm and H. Diepolder (ed.), Berlin 1952, vol. III, pp. 39-40. 7. I. Bignamini, in Grand tour: The lure of Italy in the eighteenth century, London 1996, p. 34. 8. H. Walpole, The Letters of Horace Walpole, Fourth Earl Orford, P. Cunningham (ed.), Edinburgh 1906, vol. IV, p. 480. 9. I. Bignamini, op. cit., pp. 34-35. 10. Ibid., p. 34. 11. H. Walpole, op. cit., vol. V, p. 65.

Fig. 1

Marienburg Castle, Lower Saxony, Germany

The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920,, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's. This work has been recently restored. Although the retouches are slightly discolored in a few spots, it can certainly be hung in its current condition. The canvas does not appear to be lined, and the stretcher is possibly original. The paint layer is clean and clearly un-abraded. Even the fine details in the darker colors in the lower part of the picture are very clearly undamaged. The retouches that are visible under ultraviolet light are very few and far between. There are a few in the lower left, a spot or two in the white cuff on the left side, a few beneath the armpit in the red curtain on the left side, and a spot or two in the lower right. The pale blue of the coat on the left of the brocade and of the sash has received a few retouches. There are a handful of tiny dots in the face, none of which are significant. There are two restorations in the black satin collar. Other small retouches can be seen under ultraviolet light in the red curtain around the top of the head presumably addressing some pentimenti and in a few spots in the sky and landscape on the right. The condition is particularly good, and the work should be hung in its current state. "This lot is offered for sale subject to Sotheby's Conditions of Business, which are available on request and printed in Sotheby's sale catalogues. The independent reports contained in this document are provided for prospective bidders' information only and without warranty by Sotheby's or the Seller."
Pompeo Girolamo Batoni - Portrait Of Sir Brook William Bridges

Pompeo Girolamo Batoni - Portrait Of Sir Brook William Bridges

Original 1758


Lot number: 12
Pompeo Girolamo Batoni (1708-1787)

Portrait of Sir Brook William Bridges, 3rd Baronet (1733-1791)

Oil on canvas

Signed and dated on letter held by sitter:

Pompeo Batoni pt./ Roma. 1758

Inscribed by a later hand upper left:

SIR BROOK BRIDGES./ 3rd Barone./ NAT : 1733. OB: 1791

97.8 x 72.4 cm. (38 ½ x 28 ½ in)


Commissioned by Sir Brook William Bridges, 3rd Baronet (1733-1791) and painted in Rome in 1758;

Thence by family descent to the present owner


Clark, Anthony M., Ed. by Edgar Peters Bowron,

Pompeo Batoni, A Complete Catalogue of his Works

, 1985, no. 203, illus. pl. 189

Russell, Francis, Burlington Magazine,

Guardi and the English Tourist

, vol. CXXXVIII, no. 1114, Jan., 1996, p.8, illus no. 6

This refined and engaging portrait of Sir Brook William Bridges, 3rd Baronet (1733-1791) was painted in Rome in 1758 by the leading Roman portraitist of the second half of the 18th century, Pompeo Girolamo Batoni. The sitter was the posthumous son of Sir Brook Bridges, 2nd Bt., whom he succeeded at birth, and Anne, daughter of Sir Thomas Palmer, 4th Bt., MP, of Wingham, Kent. He was educated at Eton in 1745-48, and was at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1752, and went on to undertake an extensive Grand Tour in 1757-60; he was recorded as being in Rome by 1758.[1]

A man of letters (the sitter went on to become a Member of Parliament for Kent, 1763-74), Bridges is shown three-quarter length wearing a fur-edged, green cloak, seated on a red chair, his right hand holding papers, with a quill and ink pot placed on the table behind. The portrait's composition, with Bridges' relaxed yet composed gesture towards the viewer, appears as an invitation to discourse that encourages one to engage with and admire Batoni's masterly rendering of varying textures, from the thick heavy fur-edged cloak, to the finely painted cuff of his shirt. Bowron writes of Batoni's portraits as being \‘the most remarkable artistic achievements of the period\’\’,[3] and when one considers the exquisite execution of Bridges' hands and garments, coupled with the artist's expert employment of colour, with almost transparent glazes alongside areas of a thick rich paste, one is hard pushed not to see why Batoni was the leading portraitist in Rome in the mid-eighteenth century.

The discernible patterns of Grand Tourist patronage reflect both the taste of the period and the aspirations of the sitter, yet unusually, Bridges was one of only two British patrons to sit both for Batoni and his contemporary rival, Anton Raphael Mengs (1728 - 1779).[2] But while Bridges' patronage appears as exceptional for the British patron in Italy, the later history of his portrait ran parallel to those of his contemporaries. Between 1750 and 1760 Batoni executed nearly sixty portraits of British sitters alone,[4] yet by 1800 the descendants of Batoni's famous patrons began to forget the fame of the artist, with many of the works becoming virtually unknown to the general public, remaining largely unseen except by a fortunate few. Bowron notes that 'only one painting seems to have been shown publicly in London in the artist's lifetime and none in Great Britain in the late 18th century or 19th'.[5]

The present work is one of these exceptional examples that displays Batoni's skill as a portraitist, has not been seen by the general public since it was commissioned, and has unbroken provenance leading directly back to the sitter.

[1] Clark, Anthony M., op.cit., 1985, p.271

[2] Russell, Francis, op.cit., 1996, p.8

[3] Bowron, Edgar Peters, and Jane Turner (Ed.),

The Dictionary of Art,

1996, vol. 3, p.380

[4] Bowron, Edgar Peters, op.cit, 1996, vol. 3, p.382

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