Sir Henry Gage

1 portrait

Sir Henry Gage, by John Weesop, 1640s - NPG 2279 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir Henry Gage

by John Weesop
oil on canvas, 1640s
50 1/4 in. x 39 in. (1276 mm x 991 mm)
Transferred from Tate Gallery: London: UK, 1957
Primary Collection
NPG 2279


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Sitterback to top

  • Sir Henry Gage (1597-1645), Soldier, royalist and Governor of Oxford. Sitter in 2 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • John Weesop (active 1641-1652), Painter. Artist of 1 portrait.

This portraitback to top

Of Catholic family and a Royalist, Gage was educated and lived on the Continent before entering the Spanish service, in which he served mainly in the Netherlands where he raised and commanded a regiment of his own. He used his influence to prevent supplies reaching Parliamentary forces from Holland, and in 1644 returned to England to offer his services to Charles I. A valuable addition to the Royalist side, he was knighted and made Governor of Oxford. This portrait of him is thought to have been painted by a Netherlandish artist. The view of the Italianate, classicizing landscape may be a reference to his time on the continent prior to military service. Intriguingly, it is lit the reverse way from the figure, suggesting perhaps a lapse of concentration on behalf of the artist who is likely to have copied the background from another source.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Piper, David, Catalogue of Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, 1625-1714, 1963, p. 132
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 235

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