Unknown man, formerly known as Richard Weston, 1st Earl of Portland

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Unknown man, formerly known as Richard Weston, 1st Earl of Portland, by Cornelius Johnson (Jonson or Jonson van Ceulen), 1627 - NPG 1344 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Unknown man, formerly known as Richard Weston, 1st Earl of Portland

by Cornelius Johnson (Jonson or Jonson van Ceulen)
oil on panel, 1627
30 1/8 in. x 24 1/2 in. (765 mm x 623 mm)
Purchased, 1903
Primary Collection
NPG 1344


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The sitter in this portrait was once identified as Richard Weston, 1st Earl of Portland. However, comparison with other portraits of Portland casts doubt on this identification. It is possible that the sitter is a member of the Sandys family, perhaps Sir Henry Sandys, the younger brother of the founder of the Miserden branch of the Sandys from Gloucestershire. Although little is known about Henry, we do know that he married in 1602, making it conceivable that he was middle aged when this portrait was painted.
Cornelius Johnson was one of the most accomplished portrait painters working in England at this date. The son of a Dutch exile, Johnson painted portraits of gentry, professionals and members of the court from the 1620s.

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  • Cooper, Tarnya (introduction) Banville, John (character sketch) Chevalier, Tracy (character sketch) Fellowes, Julian (character sketch) McCall Smith, Alexander (character sketch) Pratchett, Terry (character sketch) Singleton, Sarah (character sketch) Trollope, Joanna (character sketch) Waters, Minette (character sketch), Imagined Lives: Portraits of Unknown People, 2011 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from December 2011 - June 2012), p. 59
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 692

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