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Thomas Papillon

1 of 4 portraits on display in the Drawing Room at Beningbrough Hall

Thomas Papillon, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, 1698 - NPG 5188 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Papillon

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, feigned oval, 1698
29 7/8 in. x 24 3/4 in. (759 mm x 629 mm)
Purchased, 1978
Primary Collection
NPG 5188


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  • Thomas Papillon (1623-1702), Merchant and politician. Sitter in 1 portrait.

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  • Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1672 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.

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This informal portrait shows Papillon in a casual silk gown and without a wig, focussing on his character rather than his public achievements. His relaxed pose, the head turned to the viewer and one hand raised to the chest, was made popular by Kneller.

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