Art of power : masterpieces from the Bute Collection at Mount Stuart / Caitlin Blackwell ; with contributions by Peter Black and Oliver Cox.

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Masterpieces from the Bute Collection at Mount Stuart
München : Prestel, [2017]
144 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 31 cm
Bute, John Stuart, Earl of, 1713-1792.
Bute, John Stuart, Earl of, 1713-1792 -- Art collections -- Exhibitions.
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- England -- History -- 18th century -- Exhibitions.
Art patronage -- England -- History -- 18th century -- Exhibitions.
Great Britain -- History -- 18th century -- Exhibitions.
Bute, John Stuart, Earl of, 1713-1792
Art -- Collectors and collecting.
Art patronage
Art -- Private collections
Great Britain.
Exhibition catalogs.
John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, was one of history's most enthusiastic art collectors. As tutor to Prince George, Bute became indispensable to the royal household. Soon after his accession to the throne, the King made Bute Prime Minister-a career that was cut short after the Peace of Paris in 1763. Forced out of London by an angry mob, Bute retired to an estate at Luton, where he spent the rest of his years in private study and amassing a collection of 500 paintings, including major works by Venetian painters such as Tintoretto, Bordone, and Veronese. Bute had a special interest in Dutch and Flemish pictures, building the greatest collection of its kind in Britain. This book features over thirty masterpieces, mainly genre paintings and landscapes, and including jewel-like landscapes by Brueghel and Savery. The collection is housed at the Bute family's Scottish seat, Mount Stuart, on the Isle of Bute. Essays by leading scholars delve into the history of Bute's collection, focusing on his relationship with King George III, and his wide- ranging passions, which resulted in rooms filled floor to ceiling with works of art.
Published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name at the Mount Stuart and The Hunterian, Mar. 31, 2017-Jan. 14, 2018.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 136-140) and index.
Blackwell, Caitlin, author.
Black, Peter, 1960- contributor.
Cox, Oliver, contributor.
Mount Stuart (Bute, Island of (Scotland)) host institution.
Hunterian Art Gallery (University of Glasgow), host institution.
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