Thomas Chiffinch

1 portrait

Thomas Chiffinch, attributed to Jacob Huysmans, circa 1660 - NPG 816 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Chiffinch

attributed to Jacob Huysmans
oil on canvas, circa 1660
44 1/2 in. x 36 3/4 in. (1130 mm x 933 mm)
Purchased, 1889
Primary Collection
NPG 816


Click on the links below to find out more:

Share this

Sitterback to top

  • Thomas Chiffinch (1600-1666), Keeper of the Privy Closet and the King's Jewels to Charles II. Sitter in 1 portrait.

Artistback to top

This portraitback to top

A page to Charles I and a close confidant of Charles II, at the Restoration Chiffinch was appointed Keeper of the Privy Closet and of the King's Jewels. At Whitehall he was also charged with looking after the king's collection of Old Master paintings. Nonetheless, the unusual collection of attributes seen in this portrait may represent his own collections. Chiffinch is holding a piece of paper in his right hand which he rests on a classical bust. Scattered around the base of the bust are portrait miniatures and gold coins and in his left hand he holds a cameo of a woman's profile. The 'auricular' frame to this portrait has grotesque masks at the top and bottom which are set between dophins with open mouths which appear to engulf the corner ornament of the frame.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Piper, David, Catalogue of Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, 1625-1714, 1963, p. 69
  • Ribeiro, Aileen, The Gallery of Fashion, 2000, p. 77
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 121
  • Simon, Jacob, The Art of the Picture Frame: Artists, Patrons and the Framing of Portraits in Britain, 1997 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 November 1996 - 9 February 1997), p. 53

Events of 1660back to top

Current affairs

The Convention Parliament and Lords proclaim Charles II king after he issues a declaration from Breda offering an indemnity to those who had committed crimes against the crown during the civil war and Interregnum. Charles lands at Dover from The Hague on 25th May to great pomp and ceremony.

Art and science

Diarist Samuel Pepys starts his diary on 1st January, writing in shorthand. The diary became a unique social document, opening with a brief summary of his domestic situation and the political background. Dutch portrait painter, Peter Lely, is appointed principle painter to Charles II. Official foundation of the Royal Society.

International

The Anglo-Spanish War, begun by Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell, formally ends after the restoration of the British monarchy and peace is made with Philip IV of Spain.

Tell us moreback to top

Can you tell us more about this portrait? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.

If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. If you wish to license this image, please use our Rights and Images service.

Please note that we cannot provide valuations.

We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.

Citationclose

How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your nameclose

If you tick permission to publish your name will appear above your contribution on our website.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.