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Jean-Baptiste van Loo, 1684–1745

The Rt. Honorable Stephen Poyntz, of Midgham, Berkshire

Former Title(s):

The Rt. Honorable Stephen Poyntz, of Midgeham, Berkshire

ca. 1740
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
50 x 40 inches (127 x 101.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
buttons (fasteners) | coat | costume | cuffs | embroidery | fabric | gold | hand | lace | male | portrait | Rococo | ruffles | stock | sword | velvet | waistcoat | wig
Associated People:
Poyntz, Stephen (bap. 1685, d. 1750), diplomatist and courtier
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Jean-Baptiste van Loo belonged to a dynasty of leading French painters and established himself as a portrait painter in London between 1737 and 1742. His polished rococo style made him popular with members of the elite like Stephen Poyntz, a diplomat who spent years in foreign courts before being appointed in 1730 as governor and steward of the household of the Duke of Cumberland, George II’s second eldest son and brother of the Prince of Wales. Poyntz remained a friend and confidant of the royal family and cultivated an image of himself as cosmopolitan and highly cultured. There is a marked contrast between Van Loo’s sparkling manner and the more prosaic style of his English rivals such as Thomas Hudson. Hudson’s xenophobic friend William Hogarth decried the Frenchman as a "Puffing Monopoliser [of] all the people in fashion," blaming him for the "distress" and "poverty" of many a native English portrait painter.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

David H. Solkin, Art in Britain 1660-1815, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2015, pp. 125-26, fig, 129, N6766 S65 2015 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

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