Venus with an Organist and a Dog

This sizeable work by Titian is a focal point for the room; its blatant, playful eroticism would have made quite a statement to the few who were allowed access here. The inventory entry for this painting lacks any pre-Charles I provenance and other versions exist such as that in the Fitzwilliam Museum.

Van der Doort c.1639


Naked Woman, lying on her velvet gown with a little dog, gentleman sitting in a black habit with a sword at his side, playing the organ in a landscape

Walpole Society reference (1960): 
WS 15, № 5
Measurements (Van der Doort): 
4ft 4in x 7ft 3in (132.1 x 221cm)
light from the right
black wooden gilded frame
Original Manuscript page number: 
MS. Ash. 1514, f. 18
Identification certainty: