William Shenstone

1 portrait on display in Room 10 at the National Portrait Gallery

William Shenstone, by Thomas Ross, 1738 - NPG 4386 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

William Shenstone

by Thomas Ross
oil on canvas, feigned oval, 1738
29 7/8 in. x 22 1/4 in. (759 mm x 565 mm)
Purchased, 1964
Primary Collection
NPG 4386


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Artistback to top

  • Thomas Ross (active 1730-1746). Artist associated with 3 portraits.

This portraitback to top

Given by Shenstone to his servant Mary Cutler in 1754 'in acknowledgement of her native genius, her magnanimity, her Tenderness, & her Fidelity'. The frame is probably original, a delicate variation on a Kent frame with projecting square corners and ornament worked in the gesso. 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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  • Kerslake, John, Early Georgian Portraits, 1977, p. 247
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 561
  • 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. 39