<< YCBA Home Yale Center for British Art Yale Center for British Art << YCBA Home

YCBA Collections Search

IIIF Actions
Thomas Patch, 1725–1782

British Gentlemen at Sir Horace Mann's Home in Florence

between 1763 and 1765
Oil on canvas
37 15/16 x 48 15/16 inches (96.4 x 124.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
boy | bust | candles | caricature | chandeliers | conversation piece | costume | curtain | dining chairs | dining room | dining table | dinner | dwarves | fireplace | fireworks (explosive equipment) | food | genre subject | Grand Tour | home | house | interior | meal | men | paintings | plates (dishes) | relief | sculpture | servant | tile | urn | wine | wine coolers
Associated Places:
Firenze | Florence | Italy | Toscana
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

In his early twenties, Thomas Patch traveled to Rome, where he trained as an artist but was banished from the city in 1755 for committing homosexual acts. He moved instead to Florence and spent the rest of his life there. He is best known for ambitious caricature groups of British Grand Tourists such as this one, usually of people in the circle of Sir Horace Mann, who represented George II and George III at the court of the Grand Duke of Tuscany. Mann appears twice in this painting: once as the tall man on the left and again in a portrait on the back wall. The fictive bust over the fireplace represents Patch himself. These satirical pictures were produced and consumed by the people being caricatured and are often filled with detailed in-jokes, making them hard to decipher. They provide a powerful counter-representation of the Grand Tour experience, contrasting with the earnest group portraits commissioned by travelers in Rome from artists such as Nathaniel Dance, an example of which hangs nearby.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

British Comic Art 1730 - 1830 (Museum of Art and Archaelogy, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1988-10-14 - 1988-12-04) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

The Anglo-American Artist in Italy 1750-1820 (University Art Museum, Santa Barbara, 1982-04-07 - 1982-05-09) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 176-177, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Patricia Crown, British comic art, 1730-1830, from the Yale Center for British Art, Museum of Art and Archaelogy, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, 1988, pp. 5, 11, 14, 27-28, NC1477 G63 C76 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Jacqueline Marie Musacchio, Florence, the Medici, and Bianca Cappello in the collections of Horace Walpole (1717-1797), British Art Journal, XX, Art Journals Ltd, London, p. 51, N6761 B74 (LC) Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

If you have information about this object that may be of assistance please contact us.