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Richard Cattermole (1795?-1868)

The Queen's Bed Chamber, Kensington Palace.

RCIN 922159

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  • A dark room with large paintings on the walls, some stacked on the floor. Windows to right, fireplace to left, with sphink and marble table in front of the fireplace. Plain floor and ceiling. Brown painted walls. Writing table to right.

    The paintings visible here can be identified by reference the 1818 inventory of Kensington Palace. At the left margin Pontormo’s Virgin and Child (406117), hangs over Licinio’s Concert (40008), and this over a head (possibly one attributed to Barocci no longer in the collection, no 441) and to its right Parmigianino’s head of S Petronio (402733). Leaning up below these is a copy after a famous Annibale Carracci Pieta (402896). Barocci’s Lady with a Dog (402729) appears over the mantle; beyond over the door we can just see the Venus with a Mirror after Titian (402677).

    On the end wall Guido Reni’s full-length Judith (402817) is framed at the upper level by a circle of Palma Giovane Venus (left, 402688) and a Danae (right, no longer in the collection). Below these two appear a Campagnola Madonna with saints (left, 405702) and opposite, propped up against other pictures, Artemisia Gentileschi’s Susanna and the Elders (402702). The landscape propped up against this cannot be identified – in spite of its fine Charles I-style frame.

    Between the first two windows the life-size double portrait of Lord Darnley and Lord Lennox (401227) appears hanging over Diana and her nymphs, enthusiastically attributed to Rottenhammer (402647). On the lower right margin we can see the St Michael from the Netherlandish Virgin and Saints (405473).

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