Later Stuarts Portraits 1685–1714
Pub. date: 8th February 2010
ISBN: 978 185514 410 1
Format: 275 x 248mm
Extent: 460 pages
Illustrations: Over 663, 305 in colour
Binding: Cloth hardback with French-fold
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This important reference work is the latest volume in the series of National Portrait Gallery Catalogues – one of the Gallery’s scholarly traditions. This work catalogues the entire collection of portraits in all media produced between 1685 and 1714.
The Later Stuarts spans the reigns of monarchs James II, William and Mary and Queen Anne. It is a period in which Britain was newly established as a major European power, and which encompasses outstanding military, naval, ecclesiastical and intellectual figures. Sitters who are featured include the Duke of Marlborough, Admirals Benbow and Shovell, Archbishop Sancroft (who led the Seven Bishops against James II), John Locke, Isaac Newton, John Vanbrugh and Christopher Wren. Also catalogued are the fearsome Judge Jeffreys, the composer Henry Purcell and diarists Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn. The writers include John Dryden, Mathew Prior, Joseph Addison and Richard Steele and the painters Godfrey Kneller and Michael Dahl (whose self-portrait is handsomely presented on the cover).
This volume revises and updates the second half of the Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, published in 1963. Academic research since then has resulted in both several changes of identity and attribution. It has also facilitated more comprehensive surveys of each sitter’s portraiture. In presenting this research, the author John Ingamells offers new discoveries, insights and observations to create an invaluable historical resource. The catalogue has been made possible through support from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.
John Ingamells is a Senior Research Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre. He was Director of York Art Gallery from 1967 to 1978 and Director of the Wallace Collection from 1978 to 1992. He has researched and written catalogues on the work of eighteenth-century artists Philip Mercier, Andrea Soldi and Allan Ramsay as well as the catalogue of Mid-Georgian Portraits for the National Portrait Gallery (2004).