The little girl in the present lot is Gwendalina Doria Pamphili (b. 1846). Her brother, Giovanni-Andrea, the Prince of Valmontone (b. 1843), stands to her right in red. Both children are distantly related to the older, seated boy, Bertram Talbot, the future 17th Earl of Shrewsbury, through their mother, the daughter of the 16th Earl of Shrewsbury. This painting is a representation of the consolidation of power between two prominent nineteenth century families. Set on the hilltop city of Valmontone, the composition features Rome and St. Peter’s Basilica in the distance, evocative of both the power these two families joined together and their strong devotion to the Catholic church.
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