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Katharine Read, 1723–1778, British
Formerly unknown artist, eighteenth century
Formerly attributed to James Russel, 1720–1763, British
Formerly attributed to David Allan, 1744–1796, British, born in Scotland
Formerly attributed to Nathaniel Dance RA, 1735–1811, British

British Gentlemen in Rome

Former Title(s):

Connoisseurs in Rome

British Mi'Lords in Rome

English Connoisseurs in Rome

ca. 1750
Oil on canvas
37 1/4 x 53 inches (94.6 x 134.6 cm) and 45 × 61 × 2 1/4 inches (114.3 × 154.9 × 5.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
arch | architectural subject | connoisseurship | conversation piece | genre subject | Grand Tour | hats | men | portrait | rocks (landforms) | sitting | swords
Associated Places:
Arch of Constantine | Colosseum | Italy | Lazio | Roma | Rome
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Rome! (La Boverie, 2018-04-24 - 2018-08-26) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Rome : The Legacy of an Eternal City (The University of Arizona Museum of Art, 2015-09-12 - 2016-01-24) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

The English Prize - The Capture of the Westmorland - An Episode of the Grand Tour (Yale Center for British Art, 2012-10-04 - 2013-01-13) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

The English Prize - The Capture of the Westmorland - An Episode of the Grand Tour (Ashmolean Museum, 2012-05-17 - 2012-08-27) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Giuseppe Vasi's Rome - Lasting Impressions from the Age of the Grand Tour (Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, 2010-09-25 - 2011-01-02) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Milltown (National Gallery of Ireland, 1997-10-15 - 1997-12-14) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Grand Tour - The Lure of Italy in the Eighteenth Century (Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, 1997-02-05 - 1997-04-07) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Grand Tour - The Lure of Italy in the Eighteenth Century (Tate Britain, 1996-10-10 - 1997-01-06) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Sites and Sensibilities - Views of Rome 1500-1992 (Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, 1992-09-01 - 1992-11-08) [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]

The Pursuit of Happiness - A View of Life in Georgian England (Yale Center for British Art, 1977-04-19 - 1977-09-18) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Painting in England 1700-1850 - From The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon (Yale University Art Gallery, 1965-04-15 - 1965-06-20) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Sergio Benedetti, The Milltowns, a family reunion , National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, 1997, pp. 48-9, no. 18, fig. 18, N5247 L447 B45 1997 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Ilaria Bignamini, Digging and dealing in eighteenth-century Rome, Yale University Press, New Haven, Conn., London, 2010, p. 18, fig. 17, DG65 .B54 2010 + [ORBIS]

Jeremy Black, Italy and the grand tour, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2003, p. 156, fig. 34, DG424 B63 2003 (YCBA) [YCBA]

British paintings & works on paper, Lowell Libson Ltd., London, 2013, p. 68, 70, DealerCat Lowell Libson Ltd. (YCBA) [YCBA]

Duncan Brown, Viva Roma!: Artists and the Trip to Rome, Snoeck Publishers, Ghent, p. 77, cat. 44, N8214.5.I8 V59 2018 (LC) Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Malcolm Cormack, A Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 36-37, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

English taste in the eighteenth century, from Baroque to neo-classic : winter exhibition, 1955-56. , Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1956, p. 88, no. 320, N6766 E541 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Anthony Fletcher, Gender, sex, and subordination in England 1500-1800, Yale University Press, New Haven, 1995, fig. 24, HQ1075.5 E5 F54 1995 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Lachlan Goudie, The Story of Scottish Art, Thames & Hudson, New York, p. 142, NX545.A1 G68 2020 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Mark Hallett, Reynolds : portraiture in action, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, New Haven, 2014, p. 75, 80, fig. no. 61, NJ18.R36 H35 2014 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

John T. Hayes, British Patrons and Landscape Painting 3: The Response to Nature in the Eighteenth Century, Apollo, v. 83, no. 52, June 1966, p. 444, fig. 1, N1 A54 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

Christopher Hibbert, The Grand Tour, Thames Methuen, London, 1987, p. 178, fig. 110, D907 H54 1987 (YCBA) [YCBA]

John Ingamells, A dictionary of British and Irish travellers in Italy, 1701-1800, compiled from the Brinsley Ford archive , Yale University Press, New Haven, 1997, p. 831, DG424 D53 1997 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Kirkleatham, a history of the village estate and Old Hall Museum. , Langbaurgh on Tees Museum Service, Kirkleatham [England], 1991, p. 9, DA664 K555 K57 1991 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Richard D. Leppert, Music and image, domesticity, ideology, and socio-cultural formation in eighteenth-century England , Cambridge University Press, Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] New York, 1988, p. 34, fig. 8, ML3795 L36 1988 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Michael J. McCarthy, Lord Charlemont and his circle, essays in honour of Michael Wynne , 1, Four Courts Press, Dublin Portland, OR, 2001, fig. 5.1, DA948.3 C2 L67 2001 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Margery Morgan, British Connoisseurs in Rome : Was it painted by Katherine Read?, British Art Journal, vol. 7, no. 1, Spring/Summer 2006, p. 40-44, fig. 1, N6761 B74 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

Painting in England 1700-1850 from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, The Royal Academy of Arts Winter Exhibition 1964-65., , Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK, 1964, p. 63 (v.1), no. 229, ND466 R68 1964/65 (YCBA) Also available on Microfiche: Fiche B214 (YCBA) [YCBA]

J. H. Plumb, The pursuit of happiness : a view of life in Georgian England : an exhibition selected from the Paul Mellon collection, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1977, pp. 36, 82, no. 30, N6766 Y34 1977 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Maria Delores Sanchez-Jauregul, The English prize, the capture of the Westmorland, an episode of the grand tour , Yale University Press, New Haven, 2012, pp. 50, 51, fig. 29, N9135 .E54 2012 + OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Sotheby's sale catalogue : Fine Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Drawings and Paintings : 29 May 1963, Sotheby's, London, May 29, 1963, p. 37, lot 93, Auction Catalogues (YCBA) [YCBA]

James Stourton, The British as art collectors, from the Tudors to the present , Scala Publishers, London, 2012, pp. 12, 13, fig. 8, N5245 S595 2012 + OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Roy C. Strong, The spirit of Britain, a narrative history of the arts , Hutchinson, London, 1999, p. 397, NX543 S763 1999 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Helmut Swozilek, Memorie istoriche di Maria Angelica Kauffmann Zucchi riguardanti l'arte della pittura da lei professata scritte da G.C.Z. (Giiuseppe Carlo Zucchi) Venezia MDCCLXXXVIII ¢, Bd. 2, Vorarlberger Landesmuseum, Bregenz, 1999, p. 100, fig. 38, NJ18 K218 S86 1999 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

James T. Tice, Giuseppe Vasi's Rome, lasting impressions from the age of the grand tour , Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, Or. Lanham, Md., 2010, p. 184, no. 106, NJ18 V442 A12 2010 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

John L. Varriano, Sites & sensibilities, five centuries of Roman views , Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, MA, 1992, V 0170 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Corlette Rossiter Walker, The Anglo-American artist in Italy, 1750-1820, University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, 7 March through 9 May 1982 , University Art Museum, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, 1982, p. 140, no. 13, N6917 W35 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Andrew Wilton, The Grand tour, the lure of Italy in the eighteenth century , Tate Publishing, London, 1996, p. 88, no. 43, N8214.5 I8 G7 1996 + OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Yale University Art Gallery, Painting in England, 1700-1850, from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, [exhibition at] Yale University Art Gallery, April 15-June 20, 1965. , vol. 1, W. Clowes and sons, New Haven, 1965, pp. 1-2 (v.1), no. 4, ND466 Y35 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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