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Creator Robert Huskisson, 1820–1861, British
Title Lord Northwick's Picture Gallery at Thirlestaine House
Date between 1846 and 1847
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 32 x 42 3/4 inches (81.3 x 108.6 cm)
Credit Line Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Accession Number B1981.25.213
Collection Paintings and Sculpture
Curatorial Comment John Rushout, 2nd Baron Northwick (1769-1859), was one of the greatest connoisseurs of the nineteenth century. In 1838 he purchased Thirlestaine House, a Greek revival mansion in Cheltenham, to house his exceptional collection of over five hundred pictures. Every afternoon between one and three o’clock the doors were opened so that the public could view his collection free of charge. In this view of part of his collection a recently acquired Madonna by Botticelli sits on the mobile easel while portraits attributed to Titian flank the doorway above landscapes by Claude Lorraine and Francis Danby. On the right hand wall hangs a Rubens and a doubtful Giorgione, along with a copy of Reynolds’s Infant Hercules and a Robin Hood scene by Daniel Maclise. The bronze on the console table represents Samson Slaying the Philistines cast from a model by Michelangelo. This blend of modern British and Old Master paintings and sculpture reflected Northwick’s eclectic taste but led some critics to lament that his paintings were all ‘mingled together in the most arbitrary manner.’ Huskisson knew the collection well being a regular house guest and, although he exhibited this picture at the British Institution in 1847 as the Picture Gallery, the interior actually represents the dining room at Thirlestaine House. According to the painter W. P. Frith, Huskisson spent many evenings charming Northwick and his other guests around the dining table despite being, as he put it, ‘a very common young man, entirely uneducated.’
     -- Matthew Hargraves, 2014-06-20
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Subject Terms chairs | chandelier | conversation piece | country house | dog (animal) | frames (furnishings) | home | house | interior | paintings | pink | women
Place Represented Cheltenham | England | Gloucestershire | Thirlestaine House | United Kingdom

Country houses in Great Britain., Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1979, pp. 62-63, 121, no. 41, pl. 41, N6764 Y34 1979 (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. 49, 106, no. 87, N6766 Y34 1977 (YCBA)

Elizabeth A. Fay, Fashioning faces, the portraitive mode in British romanticism, University of New Hampshire Press University Press of New England, Durham, N.H. Hanover, N.H., 2010, p. 59, fig. 2.5, PR457 .F34 2009 (YCBA)

The British Institution, Exhibtion -- 1847, Art-Union, vol. 9, March 1, 1847, p. 82, no. 506, Available Online : British Periodicals database

Dianne Sachko Macleod, Art and the Victorian middle class : money and the making of cultural identity, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1996, pp 112, 113, cl. pl. 3 an fig. 18, N72 S6 M23 1996 (YCBA)

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