National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of the Countess of Stradbroke through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program, 2011
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
19th Century European Paintings Gallery Level 2, NGV International
In this portrait Sir John Rous is depicted in his uniform of the first troop of Loyal Suffolk Yeomanry Cavalry.
Unknown - 18th century
carved timber and gold leaf
The Rt Hon. John Rous, 6th Baronet, later first Earl of Stradbroke in Suffolk Yeomanry Cavalry Uniform came into the collection in 2010 with a Carlo Maratta style frame. The frame is believed to be the original presentation of the painting and is representative of the popularity of this style of frame in England in the second half of the eighteenth century.
The Carlo Maratta frame is based on a Roman frame that found its way back to England through the Grand Tour visitors of the eighteenth century.
This frame is carved soft wood, and has been partly re-gilded at some point in the past. The corners are mitred and cross-splined on the reverse. The leading edge of the frame on John Rous required extensive restoration to areas of loss.
The frame is one of a pair – the other on the companion Portrait of Lady Rous.
Both portraits were cleaned and restored in 2009 – 2010.