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 62 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
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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