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PORTRAIT OF A LADY WEARING A WHITE SILK DRESS
BELIEVED TO BE ANNA GRENVILLE-TEMPLE (1709 -1777)
JEAN BAPTISTE VAN LOO
1684 -1745 Inscribed
Oil on canvas 57 ½ x 48 ¾ inches
Framed size 68 ¾ x 60 inches
Jean Baptiste Van Loo was born in Aiex-en-Provence, France on 11 January 1684.
He was the son and pupil of L.A Van Loo and became a painter of portraits.
He worked in France and travelled to Turin and Rome, where he studied under B. Lutti, until he settled in Paris in 1720.
After painting an equestrian portrait of Louis XIV, he gained an international reputation.
In 1731 he became a Paris Academician.
In December 1737 Van Loo moved to England where he met with immense success, much to the envy of the painters of England. He decided to quickly emulate the style of portrait painting that was popular in England at that time, as can be clearly seen in this painting. It is therefore rather ironic that the popular style of painting in England then turns towards the more lavish style of the French.
He was the favourite painter of the Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole; and painted the Princess of Wales, her family and household of St James’s Palace.
In October 1742 Van Loo left England to go back to France after a year of ill health.
He died at Aiex-en-Provence on 19 September 1745.
Works Represented: National Portrait Gallery London; Canterbury Museums; Her Majesty the Queen; City of Worcester; Hermitage; Louvre
Bibl: Dictionary of Portrait Painters – Brian Stewart & Mervyn Cutten
Anna was born in 1709, the daughter and coheir of Thomas Chambers of Hanworth.
She married Richard 2nd Earl Temple in 1737 and became Countess Temple.
The Temples were one of the wealthiest families in England and lived at Stowe, now a public School.
She was a poet and her Select Poems were published at Strawberry Hill in 1764.
Anna died in 1777.
|Height||57.50 inch||(146.05 cm)|
|Width||48.75 inch||(123.82 cm)|
|External Height||68.75 inch||(174.62 cm)|
|External Width||60.00 inch||(152.40 cm)|
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