The Children of John Taylor of Bifrons Park

1 portrait

The Children of John Taylor of Bifrons Park, by John Closterman, 1696? - NPG 5320 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

The Children of John Taylor of Bifrons Park

by John Closterman
oil on canvas, 1696?
74 3/4 in. x 107 in. (1898 mm x 2718 mm)
Purchased, 1980
Primary Collection
NPG 5320


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Artistback to top

Sittersback to top

  • Bridges Taylor (1695-1727), Brother of Brook Taylor. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Brook Taylor (1685-1731), Mathematician. Sitter in 3 portraits.
  • John Taylor (1687-1703), Brother of Brook Taylor. Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • Margaret Taylor (1683-1738), Sister of Brook Taylor. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Mary Taylor (1680-1770), Sister of Brook Taylor. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Nathaniel Taylor (1687-1700), Brother of Brook Taylor. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Olive Taylor (1681-1757), Sister of Brook Taylor. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Upton Taylor (1696-1727), Brother of Brook Taylor. Sitter in 1 portrait.

This portraitback to top

In this great Baroque portrait, the artist has taken the Taylor family's motto 'Fame is sweeter than the white rose' as his organising motif. The oldest child Mary, seated centrally, holding a cornucopia of flowers, extends a white rose to her brother Nathaniel. The toddler below Nathaniel is Bridges; he offers a rose to the youngest child, Upton, who is supported by his brother John. On the left side, Olive and Margaret crown their brother Brook with laurel. Brook, who later became a distinguished mathematician, holds a recorder that symbolises family harmony.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Ingamells, John, Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, 2009, p. 281
  • 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. 32
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 723