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This painting was bought by George I as part of a group of six pictures from the famous Scottish financier John Law in 1723 and both were hugely extended soon after their purchase.British eighteenth-century collectors often commissioned artists to add une

Portrait of Don Rodrigo Calderon on Horseback (1577/8-1625) ©

Raphael was the artist most admired by Georgian collectors; Old Master paintings were judged against this single yard-stick. The tradition of Raphael was understood to have divided into three main currents. His draughtsmanship and ideal beauty inspired the work of Italian seventeenth-century artists, like Guido Reni and Carlo Maratta. His dignified and expressive story-telling can be seen in the work of Eustache Le Sueur and French landscape painting. His painterly qualities – use of colour and atmospheric light – lived on in the work of his Flemish admirers, Rubens and van Dyck, who also learned from Venetian Renaissance painting.

Benvenuto di Pietro Tisi, called Garofalo (1476-Ferrara 1559)

The Holy Family

Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641)

Thomas Killigrew and William, Lord Crofts (?)

Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641)

Portrait of a Man

Carlo Maratti (1625-Rome 1713)

The Annunciation

Guido Reni (Bologna 1575-Bologna 1642)

Cleopatra with the Asp

Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543)

Sir Henry Guildford (1489-1532)

Filippo Lauri (Rome 1623-Rome 1694)

Jacob Fleeing from Laban

Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Siegen 1577 - Antwerp 1640)

The Holy Family with Saint Francis

Gaspard Dughet (1615-75)

Landscape with figures by a pool

Marco Ricci (Belluno 1676-Venice 1730)

Moses and the Miracle of the Rock

Frans Hals (Antwerp c. 1580-Haarlem 1666)

Portrait of a Man

Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543)

Thomas Howard, Third Duke of Norfolk (1473-1554)

Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Siegen 1577 - Antwerp 1640)

Portrait of Don Rodrigo Calderon on Horseback (1577/8-1625)

Workshop of Andrea del Sarto (Florence 1486-Florence 1530)

The Virgin and Child with Saint John

David Teniers the Younger (Antwerp 1610-Brussels 1690)

Interior of a Famhouse with Figures ('The Stolen Kiss')

Trophime Bigot (1579-c.1650)

Christ in the Carpenter's Shop

Gaspard Dughet (1615-75)

Seascape with Jonah and the Whale

Jan van der Hoecke (Antwerp 1611 - Antwerp or Brussels 1651)

The Battle of Nördlingen, 1634

William Kent (1684-1748)

The Battle of Agincourt(?)

Claude Gellée, called Le Lorrain (1604/5-82)

A View of the Campagna from Tivoli

Attributed to Pontormo (1494-1556)

The Virgin and Child

Claude Gellée, called Le Lorrain (1604/5-82)

Harbour Scene at Sunset