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1731-1739 - St James’s Square (Westminster)

Painter and draughtsman Gaetano Brunetti was born in Lombardy at an unknown date. In 1731 he joined Venetian painter Jacopo Amigoni in London where they worked together on Lord Tankerville’s house in St James’s Square in early 1730, and on the Duke of Chandos’s residence at Cavendish Square in 1735.

His work was fashionable in aristocratic London, but the taste for Italian opera and Venetian Rococo painting had started to decline by that time. He moved to Paris in 1739 where he died. During his stay in London a book was published of Sixty Different Sorts of Ornaments invented by Gaetano Brunetti, Italian painter. (1736).

Pattern books of Rococo design were published in Italy, France, and other parts of Europe, but this was one of the first published in Britain. The plates show designs for pier tables, wall decorations, escutcheons, cartouches, a niche, pier glasses, sedan chairs, pediments, a fountain, frames, a gable, and a tomb. The set of prints had a major impact on British design.

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