PORTRAIT OF CARLO BROSCHI, CALLED FARINELLI (1705-1782), HALF LENGTH, WEARING A CRIMSON COAT, A TRICORNE HAT AND HOLDING A DOVE, WITH A SHEET OF MUSIC
inscribed lower right: Un Mintri
oil on canvas
76 by 63.5 cm.; 29 7/8 by 25 in.
Thomas Osborne (1713-1789), 4th Duke of Leeds, Hornby Castle;
By descent to D'Arcy Osborne (1884-1964), 12th Duke of Leeds;
By whom sold, London, Sotheby's, 14 June 1961, lot 6, where acquired by Agnew's on behalf of the present owner (as Venetian School, 18th century).
Historical and Descriptive Catalogue of Pictures belonging to his Grace the Duke of Leeds, London 1902, cat. no. 44;
E. Croft-Murray, Decorative painting in England, 1537-1837, Feltham 1970, vol. II, p. 163 (as Amigoni);
T. McGeary, "Farinelli and the Duke of Leeds: 'tanto mio amico e patrone particolare'", in Early Music, 30, 2, May 2002, pp. 209 and 213, note 50, reproduced p. 208, fig. 4 (as Amigoni);
J. Clark, "Farinelli as Queen of the Night", Eighteenth Century Music, vol. 2, issue 2, September 2005, pp 328-330 (as Amigoni);
B. Joncus, "One God, so many Farinellis: Mythologising the Star Castrato", in British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 28, n. 3, 2005, p. 448 (as anonymous, datable circa 1734);
V. Lucchese Salati, "Una nobile e teatrale identità", in L. Verdi (ed.), Il Fantasma del Farinelli, Lucca 2005, p. 59 (as Amigoni).