The portrait of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown (1716-1783)

 The Brown tercentenary is over, the portrait created from documentary sources is in existence and several bronzes now exist for perpetuity. Future exhibition opportunities abroad are still to come.

Several have asked how old Brown was when he sat for painting(s) that have influenced the sculpted head?

Looking back at the material and diary evidence, we can see Brown was at Burghley in 1769-70, making the original Dance portrait from about the age of 53. He was ill in January 1773 and the Cosway pencil sketch was likely from September of that year – at the age of 57. He died in 1783 at the age of 67.

John Phibbs advises that there was a £32 payment made to the painter Gainsborough in 1782, noted in Brown’s accounts. There is no information presently known as to its purpose.

The original terracotta is presently on display at Burton Constable.

Pleass make contact about acquiring a bronze for your permanent collection.

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