2 of 4 portraits of Capability Brown
by Nathaniel Dance (later Sir Nathaniel Holland, Bt)
oil on canvas, circa 1773
29 5/8 in. x 24 7/8 in. (752 mm x 632 mm)
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Sitterback to top
- Lancelot ('Capability') Brown (1716-1783), Landscape gardener. Sitter in 4 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Nathaniel Dance (later Sir Nathaniel Holland, Bt) (1735-1811), Painter. Artist associated with 61 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
Brown's open, naturalistic landscapes, populated by grazing herds and punctuated by eye-catching buildings, were much admired. His sparkling eyes and slightly cocked head in Dance's portrait give him a relaxed and approachable air. Brown commissioned this image, which also circulated as an engraving, reflecting the new celebrity of the landscape gardener.
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- Audio Guide
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 74
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 81
Events of 1773back to top
Current affairsTea Act grants the struggling East India Company a monopoly on the North American tea trade.Brokers who meet to do business in Jonathan's coffee house in Threadneedle Street, London decide to call themselves the Stock Exchange.General Turnpike Act regulates the system of road tolls.
Art and scienceSamuel Johnson and James Boswell undertake a journey together to the western islands of Scotland.Oliver Goldsmith's play She Stoops to Conquer debuts in London's Covent Garden Theatre.
InternationalCaptain James Cook becomes the first European explorer to cross the Antarctic Circle.Boston Tea Party demonstrates opposition in the colonies to the import duty on tea. Some fifty colonists, disguised as Indians, tip a valuable cargo of tea into Boston harbour as a protest against the British tax.Responding to pressure from the Catholic monarchs of Europe, Clement XIV abolishes the Jesuit Order.
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