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The Talman Family Group

1 of 3 portraits on display on Floor 1: Family Matters at Beningbrough Hall

The Talman Family Group, by Giuseppe Grisoni, circa 1718-1719 - NPG 5781 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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The Talman Family Group

by Giuseppe Grisoni
oil on canvas, circa 1718-1719
40 3/8 in. x 28 1/2 in. (1024 mm x 724 mm)
Purchased, 1985
Primary Collection
NPG 5781


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Painted around 1718, Giuseppe Grisoni's portrait of the Talman Family is a strange combination of old and new styles. The foreground is like a conversation piece, the type of portrait that was fashionable for group portraits from the 1730s. The background, however, with its allegorical subtext and mythological characters, is typically Baroque - a continental style that was rarely used in British portraits by the eighteenth century.

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