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Sir Nathaniel Bacon

7 of 10 portraits on display in Room 5 at Montacute House

Sir Nathaniel Bacon, by Sir Nathaniel Bacon, circa 1625 - NPG 2142 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir Nathaniel Bacon

by Sir Nathaniel Bacon
oil on panel, feigned oval, circa 1625
22 5/8 in. x 17 1/2 in. (575 mm x 445 mm)
Purchased, 1926
Primary Collection
NPG 2142

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  • Sir Nathaniel Bacon (1585-1627), Country gentleman and painter. Sitter in 3 portraits, Artist associated with 3 portraits.

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  • Sir Nathaniel Bacon (1585-1627), Country gentleman and painter. Artist associated with 3 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

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An exceptionally skilful amateur painter, Bacon is shown here as a wealthy gentleman, rather than as an artist. The strong contrast between light and shade, the polished refinement of the painting and the painted stone oval which surrounds the portrait, all reflect Bacon's knowledge of Netherlandish art.

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