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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Lancelot ('Capability') Brown (1716-1783), Landscape gardener

Painting by Nathaniel Dance, see NPG 6049 and NPG 1490.

Painting attributed to Richard Cosway, half length, the head based closely on the Dance pattern but with his own hair. Private collection, descended from the sitter’s son-in-law Henry Holland (illus. D. Stroud, Capability Brown, 1975, front.). Exhibited S. Lloyd, Richard & Maria Cosway, exhibition catalogue, Edinburgh, NPG, 1995, no.3). An oval enamel version, inscribed W. H. Craft fecit: 1789, with Asprey 1992 (illus. D. Foskett, Collecting Miniatures, 1979, p 290, pl.74a).

On 28 February 1782 Brown paid thirty guineas to Thomas Gainsborough, the artist’s standard charge for a half-length portrait (information from Dance’s bank account at Drummonds, supplied by Deborah Turnbull, letter of 2 November 1987, NPG archive).

Doubtful Portraits
Painting by M. F. Quadal (York City Art Gallery; illus. Preview, 91, 1970, p 831); drawings attributed to William Hoare (Corsham Court; illus. Country Life, LXXXVII, 1940, p 14) and by Richard Cosway (private collection; illus. D. Stroud, Capability Brown, 1975, pl.53, f.p.208).

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.