Jonathan Tyers and his family

1 portrait of Margaret Tyers

Jonathan Tyers and his family, by Francis Hayman, 1740 - NPG 5588 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Jonathan Tyers and his family

by Francis Hayman
oil on canvas, 1740
30 5/8 in. x 41 3/4 in. (778 mm x 1062 mm)
Purchased, 1983
Primary Collection
NPG 5588


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  • Francis Hayman (1707 or 1708-1776), Painter. Artist associated with 13 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.

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  • Elizabeth Tyers (1700-1771), Wife of Jonathan Tyers. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Elizabeth Tyers (1727-1802), Daughter of Jonathan Tyers. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Jonathan Tyers (1702-1767), Proprietor of Vauxhall Gardens. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Jonathan Tyers Jr (circa 1728-1792), Part owner of Vauxhall Gardens; son of Jonathan Tyers. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Margaret Tyers (1724-1786), Daughter of Jonathan Tyers. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Thomas Tyers (1726-1787), Eldest son of Jonathan Tyers. Sitter in 2 portraits.

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Jonathan Tyers made the pleasure gardens at Vauxhall a highly fashionable resort for Londoners of all classes. He commissioned Roubiliac to make the great statue of Handel for the gardens and he added an orchestra pavilion and a series of elaborate walks, fountains and temples. This family group shows Tyers taking tea with his wife Elizabeth and their two sons and two daughters. His eldest son Thomas, in gown and mortar-board, later took over the management of the gardens. Over the fireplace is a medallion portrait of Frederick Prince of Wales, Tyers's most prestigious patron.

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