Portrait of John Scott (?) of Banks Fee

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This is traditionally said to be a portrait of the Englishman John Scott, who bought the estate at Banks Fee, near Stow-on-the-Wold in Gloucestershire, in 1753. During the early 1770s – around the same time as this work was produced – Scott did travel to Rome, where the famous portraitist Batoni worked. The city was a popular destination for English gentleman on their Grand Tour of Europe. The sitter’s gaze is directed towards the lower right, as if he has been distracted by something out of view. He holds a walking stick and black hat, and leans on a stone plinth of a kind that would display a classical sculpture, which is inscribed with the date 1774. His shimmering blue silk coat, fur lined and trimmed with exquisite silver thread, stands out against a shadowy background.

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Portrait of John Scott (?) of Banks Fee




Oil on canvas


H 101.3 x W 74 cm

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Bequeathed by Mrs E.M.E. Commeline in memory of her husband Col. C.E. Commeline, RE, 1960

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