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1716-1722 - St James’s Square (Westminster)

Rococo painter Antonio Bellucci was born on 19 February 1654 in Venice. Working in the style of Veronese, he gained his reputation in the 1680s as a court painter in Vienna and Düsseldorf. In 1716, at the death of his patron, the Elector Johann Wilhelm, Bellucci left Düsseldorf for London. His major patron there was James Brydges, Duke of Chandos, who brought together the leading history painters of the day at Cannons, together with the stuccoists Giovanni Bagutti and Giuseppe Artari. At Chandos House in St James’s Square, Bellucci decorated the Duke’s visiting room and picture room (destroyed in 1735). He returned to Italy in July 1722. His son Giovanni Battista Bellucci remained, making his career as a portraitist in England and Scotland.

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