Hunting was the particular pastime of the English merchants in which fellow Europeans, Turkish officials and the Beduin ‘King of the Arabs’ were invited to participate. After the hunt, lavish picnics would be eaten in tents. Hunter sits in full Turkish dress , surrounded by his trophies of the day, held aloft by his Christian, possibly Armenian, servant.
Portrait of Henry Lannoy Hunter in Oriental Dress, Resting from Hunting, with a Manservant Holding Game
1185 x 1460 mm
Oil paint on canvas
Date of work
Purchased with assistance from Tate Patrons and the Art Fund 2004.
Andrea Soldi was born in Florence in 1703. He came to England in 1936 on the advice of British merchants who had commissioned their portraits from him during his travels in the Middle East. From 1738 to 1744 he became very popular in London's art market. Soldi died in London in 1771.