Portrait of John Talbot, later 1st Earl Talbot

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Portrait of John Talbot, later 1st Earl Talbot


Pompeo Batoni (Italian (Lucchese), 1708 - 1787)




Italy (Place created)




Oil on canvas


274.3 x 182.2 cm (108 x 71 3/4 in.)

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In a portrait commemorating his Grand Tour, the Englishman John Talbot, later first Earl Talbot, casually poses full-length before a Roman background. Legs crossed in a leisurely manner, the young Talbot leans on his left elbow and rests his right hand on the top of his walking stick. He wears a light gold waistcoat and breeches with a rose-pink velvet coat and white hose and holds a tricornered hat with gold braid. Around him are allusions to his interest in classical antiquity. The Ludovisi Mars statue on the left and the Medici Vase on the right stand for two of Rome's most popular and important works of art. The broken capital in the left foreground and the base of a column at the right refer to Rome's classical architectural heritage.

Pompeo Batoni was known for his portraits of wealthy Grand Tourists during their stay in Rome. He frequently depicted them in the presence of antiquities in order to amplify their image as learned, cultivated, yet leisured aristocrats.

1773 - 1793

John Chetwynd Chetwynd-Talbot, first earl Talbot, 1749 - 1793 (Ingestre Hall, Stafford, England), commissioned from the artist by the sitter, 1773; by inheritance to Charles Chetwynd Chetwynd-Talbot, 1793.

1793 - 1849

Charles Chetwynd Chetwynd-Talbot, second earl Talbot, British, 1777 - 1849 (Ingestre Hall, Stafford, England), by inheritance to Henry John Chetwynd-Talbot, 1849.

1849 - 1868

Henry John Chetwynd-Talbot, eighteenth earl of Shrewsbury, eleventh earl of Waterford, and third earl Talbot, British, 1803 - 1868 (Ingestre Hall, Stafford, England), by inheritance to Charles John Chetwynd-Talbot, 1868.

1868 - 1877

Charles John Chetwynd-Talbot, nineteenth earl of Shrewsbury, nineteenth earl of Waterford, and fourth earl Talbot, British, 1830 - 1877 (Ingestre Hall, Stafford, England), by inheritance to Charles Henry John Chetwynd-Talbot, 1877.

1877 - 1921

Charles Henry John Chetwynd-Talbot, twentieth earl of Shrewsbury, twentieth earl of Waterford, and fifth earl Talbot, 1860 - 1921 (Ingestre Hall, Stafford, England), by inheritance to John George Charles Henry Alton Alexander Chetwynd Chetwynd-Talbot, 1921.

1921 - 1960

John George Charles Henry Alton Alexander Chetwynd-Talbot, twenty-first earl of Shrewsbury, twenty-first earl of Waterford, sixth earl Talbot, 1914 - 1980 (Ingestre Hall, Stafford, England) [sold, Shrewsbury and Waterford sale, Sotheby's, London, March 23, 1960, lot 62, through Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd. (London, England), to J. Paul Getty.]

1960 - 1976

J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976 (Malibu, California; Sutton Place, Surrey, England), upon his death, held in trust by the estate.

1976 - 1978

Estate of J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976, distributed to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1978.

Rome on the Grand Tour (January 8 to August 11, 2002)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), January 8 to August 11, 2002
Education Resources

Education Resource




Looking at Portraits Lesson 1: What Do Portraits Communicate?

Students will make connections between their personal experiences and a work of art and use visual analysis to describe a portrait.

Visual Arts; English–Language Arts; ESL (English as a Second Language)

Adult Learners

Single Class Lesson

Referencing the Classical Past

Lesson in which students explore the 18th-century tradition of the Grand Tour and consider why people seek associations with the classical past.

Visual Arts; History–Social Science

6-8; 9-12

Two-Part Lesson

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