Andrea SoldiPortrait of Henry Lannoy Hunter in Oriental Dress, Resting from Hunting, with a Manservant Holding Game c.1733-6

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Artist
Andrea Soldi (c.1703‑71)
Title
Portrait of Henry Lannoy Hunter in Oriental Dress, Resting from Hunting, with a Manservant Holding Game
Date c.1733-6
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionsunconfirmed: 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
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Hunting was the particular pastime of the English merchants in which fellow Europeans, Turkish officials and the Beduin ‘King of the Arabs’ were invited to participate. Hare coursing with hawks and greyhounds was the principal sport, together with shooting waterfowl. After the hunt, lavish picnics would be eaten in tents. Hunter sits in full Turkish dress (it is unlikely that all elements of it would have been worn when hunting), surrounded by his trophies of the day, held aloft by his Christian, possibly Armenian, servant (identifiable as such by the red and blue of his costume, and the form of his headwear).

April 2008

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