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Kenneth Mackenzie, 1st Earl of Seaforth 1744 - 1781 at home in Naples: fencing scene 1771


  • Scottish Art
Lord Fortrose, later Earl of Seaforth, is the central figure in this painting. He is shown in his rented apartment in Naples, watching his guests practising their fencing moves. The man in black at the table is the Neapolitan composer, Nicolo Jommelli. One of Fortrose's visitors described the enjoyable lifestyle of this cultured expatriate: "After bathing we have an English breakfast and after breakfast a delightful little concert." The decoration of the room reflects fashionable neoclassical taste.

Glossary Open


The revival of ancient Greek and Roman models of art and architecture, with particular importance put on simplicity and discipline. Such ideals have been revived at various points in history and contrast with more decadent and dynamic styles such as the Baroque.



  • Acc. No. PG 2610
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 35.50 x 47.60 cm (framed: 49.00 x 60.80 x 7.50 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1985 with the assistance of the Art Fund