John Vanderbank

1 portrait on display in Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery

John Vanderbank, by John Vanderbank, 1738 - NPG 3647 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

John Vanderbank

by John Vanderbank
pen and ink, 1738
12 3/4 in. x 7 1/2 in. (324 mm x 191 mm)
Purchased, 1948
Primary Collection
NPG 3647


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  • John Vanderbank (1694-1739), Portrait painter. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist associated with 95 portraits.

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  • John Vanderbank (1694-1739), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 95 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

This portraitback to top

His confident self-portrait is a virtuoso performance with a dip pen, cut from a reed or feather. The line swells and ebbs as the artist varied the pressure on the paper. Vanderbank's dynamic handling shows the on-going influence of renowned continental artists, such as the Dutch artist Rembrandt and the Flemish artist van Dyck who made similar pen and ink drawings. This portrait presents Vanderbank as a worthy successor to his famous predecessors. 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. 283
  • Rogers, Malcolm, Master Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery, 1993 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 August to 23 October 1994), p. 39
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 630

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