James Watson after Sir Joshua Reynolds.
Francis Russell, Marquess of Tavistock.
13 x 18 inches
This handsome portrait depicts Francis Russell (1739-67) as Lord Tavistock, in thoughtful pose surrounded by the accoutrements of his Grand Tour travels in Italy. There is a bronze statuette of Samson and a book of classical etchings. He sits at a carved table with satyr mask and rests his head upon his left hand. Joshua Reynolds painted the portrait between 1765 and 1766 when Tavistock was in his late twenties. His sister Caroline married George, the 4th Duke of Marlborough thereby uniting two illustrious aristocratic families.