A Naval officer in Captain's undress uniform
A Naval officer in Captain's undress uniform

POMPEO BATONI (1708-1787)

A Naval officer in Captain's undress uniform

c. 1750 Italy

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Attributed to Pompeo Batoni, circa 1750
A Naval officer in Captain’s undress uniform
In gold frame

Batoni was in demand for portraits, particularly by the British traveling through Rome, who took pleasure in commissioning standing portraits set in the milieu of antiquities, ruins, and works of art. There are records of over 200 portraits by Batoni of visiting British patrons. Such "Grand Tour" portraits by Batoni came to proliferate in the British private collections, thus ensuring the genre's popularity in the United Kingdom, where Sir Joshua Reynolds would become its leading practitioner.

The sideways glance and flowing locks of hair seen in this portrait are typical characteristics found in Batoni's large scale works . As is the stipple technique and use of blue tones.

The portrait bears a resemblance to Augustus Keppel by Reynolds, circa 1752-53 in the pose of the Apollo Belvedere
Height 38.00 mm (1.50 inches)
Stock Code
watercolour on ivory
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