John, Fourteenth Lord Willoughby de Broke, and his Family

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John, Fourteenth Lord Willoughby de Broke, and his Family


Johann Zoffany (German, 1733 - 1810)




England (Place created)


about 1766


Oil on canvas


101.9 x 127.3 cm (40 1/8 x 50 1/8 in.)

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John Peyto, fourteenth Lord Willoughby de Broke, and his wife, Lady Louisa North, appear about to take tea with their three young children. She holds her daughter, who stands on the table attempting a first step. In high spirits, one son enters on the right pulling a bright red toy horse. Another son attempts to take a piece of buttered bread from the table while receiving an admonishing gesture from his father. Johann Zoffany, with his ability to portray lively figures interacting together in meticulous detailed settings, excelled at conversation pieces. These informal group portraits, introduced as a new genre of painting in England in the 1700s, vividly recorded the settings and social customs of the time.

Zoffany took care to include the details of the gentry's lives: Lady Louisa's shimmering light blue gown, the landscape painting above the fireplace mantel, the fine porcelain tea service, and the reflections on the highly polished silver urn. The sparse room also makes a statement about the family's social position. Only an ancient, titled family of the British ruling class would adopt the deliberate casualness of the olive-drab walls and worn carpet. The family has nonetheless displayed its wealth in their fashionable costumes.

by about 1766 -

John Peyto-Verney, fourteenth baron Willoughby de Broke, 1738 - 1816, probably commissioned from the artist, about 1766; by inheritance to his heirs.

Heirs of John Peyto-Verney, fourteenth baron Willoughby de Broke, 1738 - 1816, by inheritance to Leopold Verney, fourteenth baron Willoughby de Broke.

by 1977

Leopold David Verney, twenty-first baron Willoughby de Broke, English, [withdrawn, Christie, Manson, and Woods, London, June 24, 1977, lot 106.]

- 1989

Dowager Lady Willoughby de Broke [sold, Christie's, London, November 17, 1989, lot 52, to Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd.]

1989 - 1996

Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd. (London, England), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1996.

Society of Artists (1769) (Cat. 215; identified by Horace Walpole)
  • Unknown, 1769
Loan Collection of Portraits (1903) (Cat. 62)
  • Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery, (Birmingham), 1903
Spring Exhibition: Illustrating Georgian England (March 29 to May 9, 1906) (Cat. 31)
  • Whitechapel Art Gallery, (London), March 29 to May 9, 1906
Loan Exhibition of English Conversation Pieces (March 3 to March 30, 1930) (Cat. 133)
  • London, March 3 to March 30, 1930
Winter Exhibition of 1934 (1934) (Cat. 291 and 242)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), 1934
Tween eeuwen Engelsche kunst (July 4 to October 4, 1936) (Cat. 185)
  • Stedelijk Museum, (Amsterdam), July 4 to October 4, 1936
European Masters of the Eighteenth Century (1954 to 1955) (108)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), 1954 to 1955
British Portraits (November 24 to March 3, 1957) (Cat. 360)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), November 24, 1956 to March 3, 1957
British Painting in the Eighteenth Century (1957 to 1958) (Cat. 85; ill. p. 124)
  • Toledo Museum of Art, (Toledo), 1958
Johann Zoffany [1960 - 1961] (November 5, 1960, to April 15, 1961) (Cat. 5)
  • Whitworth Art Gallery, (Manchester), November 5 to November 26, 1960
  • Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery, (Birmingham), December, 1960 to 1961
  • Art Gallery, (Reading), 1961
  • Eastbourne, Towner Srt Gallery, 1961
  • Art Gallery (Leicester), 1961
  • Temple Newsam House, (Leeds), April 1 to April 15, 1961
English Portraits (November 1, 1972 to March 1, 1973) (Cat. 32)
  • British Council Tour (Budapest), November 1, 1972 to March 1, 1973
Johann Zoffany [1977] (January 14 to March 27, 1977) (Cat. 35)
  • National Portrait Gallery (London), January 14 to March 27, 1977
Childhood: A Loan Exhibition of Works of Art (January 2 to January 27, 1988) (Cat. 47)
  • Sotheby's (London), January 2 to January 27, 1988
Great British Paintings from American Collections: Holbein to Hockney (September 26, 2001 to May 5, 2002) (Cat. 47)
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Devices of Wonder: From the World in a Box to Images on a Screen (November 13, 2001 to February 3, 2002) (Cat. 117)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles)
Johan Zoffany RA: Society Observed (October 27, 2011 to June 10, 2012) (Cat. 72)
  • Yale Center for British Art, (New Haven), October 27, 2011 to February 12, 2012

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All in the Family

Lesson in which students analyze a family portrait, create sculptures of their family and create a diorama of a room

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