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Title Portrait of a Man with a Beard after Velázquez
Collection Mount Edgcumbe House
Artist Edgcumbe, Caroline (née Fielding) (British artist, 1808-1881)
After Velázquez, Diego (Spanish painter, 1599-1660)
Date Earliest possibly 1831
Date Latest 1841
Description This painting is a copy after Diego Velázquez's Portrait of a Man by the Countess, Caroline Edgcumbe (née Fielding). The original work belonged to the Spanish Royal Collection until it was looted by Joseph Bonaparte, Napoleon's older brother. The Duke of Wellington repatriated the item after the Battle of Vitoria in 1813, but King Ferdinand VII gave it back to him as a gift of thanks. It is possible that Caroline made the copy from a photograph taken by her half-brother William Henry Fox Talbot, the photography pioneer. He mentions the paintings in a letter, dated December 1841.
Current Accession Number Plymm.081
Subject portrait
Measurements 27 x 22 cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Purchased from the Mount Edgcumbe Estate 1988.
Provenance By descent from the artist.

See letter from William Henry Fox Talbot to Amélina Petit de Billier, 5 December 1841 (Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock Abbey Collection, Lacock).

Back of frame: 'Portrait of Velazquez - copied by Caroline Augusta Fielding at Lacock Abbey - 1831 - The original is at Apsley House', 'No. 14'

Recorded in 1961 inventory of paintings at Mount Edgcumbe: (Gallery Round Hall): '[north;] side / Portrait of Velazquez'.

For discussion regarding Velázquez's original see Harris, E., 'Velazquez's Apsley House Portrait: An Identification', Burlington Magazine, May 1978, vol. 120, no. 902, pp. 304, 306-308.

Rights Owner Copyright Mount Edgcumbe Collection
Author Dr Anne L. Cowe



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