Nathaniel Dance (later Nathaniel Dance-Holland) was a London-born portrait artist of some distinction. He was a founder member of the Royal Academy, contributing to its first exhibition full length portraits of George III and Queen Charlotte. He painted portraits of many famous people, including the landscape gardener, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. In the late 18th century he married Harriet, Lady Holland, the widow of Thomas Dummer, who held extensive land around Southampton and Woolston. At this time he took the additional name of Holland. After his marriage he used Woolston House, one of the properties owned by his wife’s family, as his country residence. He died in 1811. Holland Road in Woolston is named after him.

Nathaniel Dance-Holland

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A self portrait of c.1773

Lancelot 'Capability' Brown

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A portrait by Nathaniel Dance, now in the National Portrait Gallery.

Further reading:
Stories of Southampton Streets, by A. G. K. Leonard, p66-67. (HS/h)


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