Oil on canvas, 125.5cm by 105cm.
Angelica Kauffmann was Swiss born; a multi-talented child prodigy, who by the age of twelve showed a special gift for painting. She was sought after as a portrait painter, but always considered herself to be primarily a history painter, the most highly regarded and academic form of art in the 18th Century. She was one of two female artists among the thirty-four founder members of the Royal Academy in 1768.
Brownlow, 9th Earl of Exeter sat to her for his portrait in Naples in 1764, whilst on his first Grand Tour (PIC781), and subsequently became one of her principal patrons.