Andrea Soldi

Portrait of Henry Lannoy Hunter in Oriental Dress, Resting from Hunting, with a Manservant Holding Game

c.1733–6

On display at Tate Britain

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Unconfirmed: 1185 x 1460 mm
frame: 1378 x 1654 x 85 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with assistance from Tate Patrons and the Art Fund 2004
Reference
T11977

Display caption

Henry Hunter was a Levant Company merchant based in Aleppo, the trading capital of Syria (then under Ottoman rule) and the gateway to the silk routes. He is shown in Turkish attire, being presented with the trophies of his day’s hunting. Hunting was a frequent pastime of the Aleppo merchants, whose leisure activities were otherwise restricted. The Italian painter Andrea Soldi travelled to the Middle East before settling in England in 1736 on the advice of the British merchants.

Gallery label, February 2016