Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill Collection
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This item is located in the Refectory [Great Parlour].

Portrait of Sir Horace Mann

Strawberry Hill ID: sh-000253
Astley, John (British artist, 1720-1787)

Oil on panel
49.5 x 36.8 cm
Inscriptions: in ink on panel verso in HW's hand: Horace Mann, resident at Florence, by Astley, 1751
The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University

Strawberry Hill History

Location: Refectory [Great Parlour]

1774 Description: On one side of this picture [A Conversation by Reynolds], a head of sir Horace Mann, resident at Florence; painted there by Astley, and highly coloured: He is drest in red velvet. (5)

1784 Description: Text same as 1774 Description (3)

Sale Text: A pair of Portraits of Sir Horace Mann, resident at Florence, he is dressed in red velvet, the colouring excellent, also his brother, Galfridus Mann, in brown, both painted at Florence, by Astley.

Object History

Provenance: 1752, given to Horace Walpole by Horace Mann; 1842, Strawberry Hill Sale, day 21, lot 42 bt John P. Beavan, Esq., £6.6.0 [with pair Portrait of Galfridus Mann]; 1950, February 1, Sotheby's, Lord Hastings Collection, lot 71 bt Thomas Agnew & Sons for W. S. Lewis, £280; The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.

Exhibition History: "A Treasure House in Farmington." Yale Center for British Art. New Haven, Connecticut. 10/15/1999-1/9/2000.
"Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill," Yale Center for British Art, 15 October 2009 - 3 January 2010; Victoria and Albert Museum, 5 March 2010 - 4 July 2010, cat. no. 68.

Bibliography: HW Corres, 20:309-310, 313, reproduced opposite p. 310. 23:267.
W. S. Lewis, Horace Walpole, Bollingen Series 35 The A.W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts 9 (New York: Pantheon Books, 1961), illustration plate 18.
W. S. Lewis, Rescuing Horace Walpole (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1978), 148-149, illustrated 149.
J. Cornforth, “The Cowles-Lewis House, Farmington, II, The Home of Mr. Wilmarth S. Lewis,” Country Life 4 (May 1978): 1232, illustrated fig. 4.