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Allegorical Tomb of the 1st Duke of Devonshire

Photo credit: The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

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This elaborate imaginary tomb of the Duke of Devonshire (1640–1707) was one of a series. It was commissioned by Owen McSwiney to celebrate the political triumph of the Whig party following the Glorious Revolution of 1688. The monument, intact amongst the ruins of the past, is visited by figures who discuss the Duke’s character and achievements, many weeping at his loss. This exercise in political flattery was produced for the Duke of Richmond, a prominent supporter of William of Orange. The Venetian artist Sebastiano Ricci painted the figures, tomb and statues, and his nephew Marco executed the landscape.
Title

Allegorical Tomb of the 1st Duke of Devonshire

Date

c.1725

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 217.8 x W 138.4 cm

Accession number

58.4

Acquisition method

purchased, 1958

Work type

Painting

Inscription description

Signed l.r.: B.[astiano] M.[arco] RICCI/Faciebant. Inscribed c.r. on plinth: [MANUS] HAEC/[INI]MICA/[TY]Rannis

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University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TS England

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