Maurice Ashley-Cooper; Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury

1 portrait of Maurice Ashley-Cooper

Maurice Ashley-Cooper; Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury, by John Closterman, 1702 - NPG 5308 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Maurice Ashley-Cooper; Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury

by John Closterman
oil on canvas, 1702
95 3/4 in. x 67 1/4 in. (2432 mm x 1708 mm)
Purchased, 1980
Primary Collection
NPG 5308


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On his return, Closterman designed two grand portraits with Shaftesbury that convey his patron's Neo-Platonist beliefs. This one, in an idealised landscape, shows Shaftesbury with his brother Maurice gesturing towards the light of knowledge. Behind them is a classical temple dedicated to Apollo, god of the liberal arts.

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