James Latham
The Rt Hon. Sir Capel Molyneux 1740

Artwork details

Artist
James Latham 1696–1747
Title
The Rt Hon. Sir Capel Molyneux
Date 1740
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1346 x 1080 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1947
Reference
N05801
Not on display

Display caption

Sir Capel Molyneux (1717-1797) of Castle Dillon, Co. Armagh, succeeded his elder brother as 3rd Baronet in 1738. It is likely that the portrait

was painted soon afterwards to mark this event - so the later inscription may record its correct date. The sitter holds a paper inscribed ‘Plan of Improvements’, perhaps to suggest his lofty aspirations in public life. Molyneux was Member of Parliament for Dublin University 1769-76. Latham was the leading Irish portrait painter of the early eighteenth century. He studied in Antwerp in the 1720s and brought back a sense of lively Baroque

composition

, bold and colourful brushwork.

February 2010

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