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Antonio Canova was one of the greatest artists of the neoclassical tradition and is known primarily for his sculptures. Included in this portrait is a model for his famous sculpture of 'The Three Graces', a version of which was made for John Russell, the 6th Duke of Bedford, who commissioned this portrait. Hayter met the Italian sculptor in Rome, where this portrait was painted in 1817, while he was travelling in Italy under the patronage of the Duke of Bedford. By this time, Canova had become one of the most sought-after artists in Europe and was the president of the Accademia di San Luca, the main artistic institution in Rome, to which Hayter was admitted as its youngest ever member.
oil on canvas
H 98 x W 74 cm
purchased from Christie's, 1954