© National Portrait Gallery, London
Unknown man, formerly known as Sir James Thornhill
by John Closterman Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, feigned oval, circa 1702-1705
29 1/2 in. x 24 1/4 in. (749 mm x 616 mm)
- Sir James Thornhill (1675 or 1676-1734), Father-in-law of William Hogarth, decorative painter and politician; MP for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis. Sitter associated with 14 portraits, Artist associated with 23 portraits.
This portrait was formerly thought to represent the painter Sir James Thornhill (1675-1734), due to an inscription on the back which reads: Portrait of Sir James Thornhill painted by Himself. From the man's dress the picture can be dated to about 1690-1705, but the inscription was made during the nineteenth century long after Thornhill had died and almost certainly represents someone else.
- Ingamells, John, Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, 2009, p. 359
- Ribeiro, Aileen, The Gallery of Fashion, 2000, p. 8
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 695
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