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 Batoni, Pompeo (Italian painter and draftsman, 1708-1787) , Portrait of Sir Thomas Kennedy 9th Earl of Cassillis

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Title Portrait of Sir Thomas Kennedy 9th Earl of Cassillis
Alternative Title Portrait of David 10th Earl of Cassillis (former title)
Collection National Trust for Scotland (Culzean Castle)
Artist Batoni, Pompeo (Italian painter and draftsman, 1708-1787)
Date Earliest about 1760
Date Latest 1764
Signed yes
Description This half-length portrait depicts Sir Thomas Kennedy, 9th Earl of Cassillis (1733-1775). He stands at a table, with his left hand resting on the marble surface. Thomas Kennedy went on an extended Grand Tour to Italy and probably sat for his portrait to Batoni when passing through Rome. Judging from a receipt, the painting was completed by September 1764.
Current Accession Number 45.54
Subject portrait (9th Earl of Cassillis, or 10th Earl of Cassillis)
Measurements 99.1 x 73.7 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by the 5th Marquess of Ailsa 1945.
Provenance Thomas Kennedy, 9th Earl of Cassilis by 1764; by descent to 5th Marquess of Ailsa 1943.
Publications Clark, A.M, Pompeo Batoni, Oxford, 1985, no. 272, illus. no. 252.
Notes Until 1963 the painting bore an inscription in the upper right corner, which described the sitter as 'David 10th Earl of Cassillis succ. 1775 died 1792', the brother of Thomas Kennedy. This inscription was probably added to the portrait in the nineteenth century. It was removed in 1963.

The original receipt for the painting states that the portrait of the 'Earl of Cassillis' was painted by Batoni in September 1764

Rights Owner National Trust for Scotland
Author Dr Claudia Heide



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