Gaetano Valvona (1857-1915), Artist Model

From 30 August 2023

In the Chewett collection of paintings held at Reveley Lodge there is a portrait of Gaetano Valvona and in January 2023 Granville Taylor, Chairman of the Trust, received a request from Valvona’s great granddaughter to view it. She had been researching his life, the places associated with him and the artists whom he knew and worked for – including Hubert von Herkomer. Gaetano Valvona was born near Naples in 1857. He travelled and then settled in London in 1881 where he became a successful Victorian male model, including for Sir Hubert Herkomer.

(Exhibition Organiser: Katharine Whitaker)