Born in Corfu, Spiridioni Gambardella began his career as an opera singer. His sympathy for the movement to unify Italy led him to flee to the United States, where he became a self-taught portraitist. He moved to London in 1841, with a letter of introduction from American essayist Ralph Emerson to Thomas Carlyle. When Gambardella applied for British citizenship in 1846, former Lord Chancellor Henry, Lord Brougham was among his sponsors.
Spiridione Gambardella was born in Naples. He escaped as a political refugee to the United States in the 1830s and settled in London in 1841. Gambardella exhibited mainly domestic scenes in London between 1842 and 1852, showing four works at the Royal Academy and eight at the British Institution. He was patronised by the Second Duke of Wellington. He spent a period in Liverpool, painting portraits of merchants, before returning to Italy, where he died.
Henry Peter Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux (1778-1868) Lord Chancellor
Oil on canvas
height: 127.50 cm, width: 102.00 cm
Presented by Sigurdur Benediktsson, August 1953
Collection of the Second Duke of Wellington (No.216; 1901 Wellington catalogue); purchased by Sigurdur Benediktsson of Reykjavik (had previously worked for the had previously worked for the Legation); by whom given to British Legation, Reykjavik
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