Santi di Tito
- Santi di Tito
- Portrait of Marie de' Medici
- oil on canvas
- 50 3/4 by 39 in.; 128.9 by 99 cm.
This royal and formal portrait of the Florentine born Queen of France, in an elaborately jeweled and embellished dress, is known in a few versions of varying size and format, including two full-length examples in the Uffizi.
A note on the Provenance:
Francis Burdett succeeded his grandfather Sir Robert Burdett (1716-1797) as 5th baronet in 1797, inheriting estates at Foremark and Bramcote, Warwickshire. In 1800 he also inherited Ramsbury from his aunt. He married Sophia, the youngest daughter and coheir of the London banker Thomas Coutts (1735-1822). He entered Parliament in 1796 and would go on to become an influential radical politician, championing free speech, personal liberty, the harsh treatment of prisoners, as well as other reforms. He was a patron of the arts, and sat to Thomas Lawrence (London, National Portrait Gallery), among others.