John Canton

1 portrait

John Canton, by Unknown artist, 1740s - NPG 809 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

John Canton

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, 1740s
19 1/4 in. x 15 1/2 in. (489 mm x 394 mm)
Given by the sitter's great-grandson, Robert Canton, 1888
Primary Collection
NPG 809


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  • John Canton (1718-1772), Electrician, experimental philosopher, schoolmaster. Sitter in 1 portrait.

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This is the only recorded portrait of John Canton. According to Robert Canton, his great-grandson, who gave this head portrait to the National Portrait Gallery in 1888, it was originally a full-length, showing the sitter seated in a chair and, Robert Canton thought, surrounded by mathematical instruments. More detailed information on this portrait is available in a National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, John Kerslake's Early Georgian Portraits (1977, out of print).

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