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John Monck (1735-1809)

39 x 29 in. (99.1 x 73.7 cm)

Angelica Kauffmann
Switzerland (Chur, Switzerland, 1741 - 1807, Rome, Italy)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Women's Council Acquisition Fund, on the occasion of the Council's 40th Anniversary
Accession Number: 1980.56
Location: Currently on view
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John Monck was the Master of the Ceremonies in Bath, England, a position that charged him with organizing events, introducing guests and maintaining order in the spa town. Angelica Kauffmann painted this portrait in Italy rather than Monck’s native England, which suggests that he was on a gentleman’s “Grand Tour” of Europe. The Italian painter Pompeo Batoni painted Monck’s portrait in the same year, indicating that he must have spent enough time in Italy for two rounds of sittings.

Although Kauffmann was only 23 years old when she painted Monck’s portrait, she was well into her career, as she had begun painting professionally as a teenager.

[Gallery label text, 2008]

Family of the sitter, Bath, England; by descent to Stanley Bligh Monck, Yorkshire; his sale, Christie's, London, June 19, 1970, lot 96; purchased at that sale by Julius Weitzner, London and New York (dealer); purchased from him by the Reverend Bob Jones, Greenville, SC, 1970; acquired from him by Richard Feigen, New York (dealer), 1975; probably acquired from him by Colnaghi, London (dealers); purchased from them for the Gallery, 1980

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