Three Sons of John, 3rd Earl of Bute & Three Daughters of John, 3rd Earl of Bute by Johann Zoffany

1) In a park, 2 boys and a dog stand at the base of large tree while a third descends from tree holding bird's nest.


Oil on canvas
100 x 122 cm
Art Fund grant:
£250,000 ( Total: £2,657,000; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
Executors of the 6th Marquess of Bute and the 7th Marquess of Bute

A quiver of arrows can be seen in the foreground. 2) 3 girls play under a tree with pet squirrels. One girl stands on a wooden step holding a chain attached to her pet in the tree.


Commissioned by the 3rd Earl of Bute and by descent directly through the family to the present Marquess of Bute