3 of 24 portraits on display in Room 10 at the National Portrait Gallery
by Antonio Verrio
oil on canvas, feigned oval, circa 1700
30 in. x 25 in. (762 mm x 635 mm)
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- Antonio Verrio (1639?-1707), Decorative painter. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist associated with 2 portraits.
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- Antonio Verrio (1639?-1707), Decorative painter. Artist associated with 2 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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The early life of Verrio is obscure. By the 1660s he was working in Toulouse and is thought to have come to England in 1671. From about 1675 his chief and very profitable employment was for the Crown, producing vast wall and ceiling decorations at Windsor Castle and Whitehall, and in 1684 he was appointed Principal Painter. At the Revolution, Verrio, a firm Catholic, declined at first to work for William III but in 1699 returned to royal employment. This self-portrait was evidently painted late in life. In 1705 his eyes failed and he was given a pension. He was living at Hampton Court when he died.