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  • Though presumably commissioned as a dynastic portrait, not all the sitters in Johann Heinrich Rambergs' drawing of the Aubyn family have been identified conclusively. It seems likely however, that it depicts Lady Elizabeth St. Aubyn (d. 1796) and her second husband John Baker sitting on the right with one of her four daughters. The portrait may have been commissioned to celebrate the marriage of her daughter Dorothy to Sir Thomas Barrett-Lennard, 1st Bart. of Belhaus in 1787, the year the drawing was executed, and the figures on the left may be Dorothy and her fiancĂ© or husband, or her brother, Sir John St. Aubyn, 5th Bart. of Clowance and St. Michael's Mount, Cornwall. The drawings belonged to Dorothy, and it remained in the Barrett-Lennard family until 1923. Johann Heinrich Ramberg was born in Germany; he studied in London with Benjamin West from 1781 to 1788 but does not seem to have pursued his career as a history painter very seriously. Best known as a caricaturist, theater designer, and illustrator, Ramberg was influenced by the graphic work of Hogarth and Rowlandson (see cats. 7 [B1975.3.141], 86-9 [B1981.17] [B1975.4.1844] [B1977.14.149] [B1993.30.113], 148 [B1975.4.1543], 154 [B1975.3.106]), and the latter's drawing style is evident in the Aubyn family portrait.
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  • Dimension depth :: 6.4cm
  • Dimension height :: 55.9cm
  • Dimension height :: 73.7cm
  • Dimension width :: 100.3cm
  • Dimension width :: 85.1cm
  • Exhibition :: English Portrait Drawings & Miniatures
  • Exhibition :: The Line of Beauty : British Drawings and Watercolors of the Eighteenth Century
  • Located in :: New Haven
  • Located in :: Not on view
  • Located in :: Yale Center for British Art
  • Object type :: drawing
  • Object type :: watercolor
  • Subject Concept :: armchair
  • Subject Concept :: dog (animal)
  • Subject Concept :: family
  • Subject Concept :: genre subject
  • Subject Concept :: horses (animals)
  • Subject Concept :: portrait
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  • Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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  • The St. Aubyn Family
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