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Early Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Richard Baxter (1615-1691), Puritan divine

Anon. painting, half-length painted oval to left, wearing cap, gown and bands; Dr Williams’s Library, London (illus. N. H. Keeble & G. F. Nuttall, Calendar of the Corr. of Richard Baxter, I, 1991, front.); exh. Third Exhibition of National Portraits, South Kensington, 1868, no.713; engr. J. Spilsbury 1763 (J. Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits, 1878–82, 4; from a painting belonging to the Rev. Benjamin Fawcett, Kidderminster) and, as a bust-length oval after Riley, by J. Caldwall 1782 (from a painting belonging to the Rev. Spilsbury), T. Trotter 1788 and W. Ridley. A version in the Virginia Wesleyan College bears a label (possibly 18th century): This Original Painting of the Revd and Learned Mr RICHd, BAXTER/was in the Possession of the late Revd/Thos, DOOLITTEL.M.A. till the Year/1707. and from that time in the hands/of his Grand-son Saml Sheafe of/LOND:1763 (Thomas Doelittle was one of Baxter’s executors). An oval version, called Lely, sold Sotheby’s, 25 June 1947, lot 53 (apparently that with J. Stansfield in 1899, when offered to the NPG).

Engraving by R. White, see NPG 521.

Anonymous engraving, inside a church, half length with cap, gown and broad bands, right hand at breast, the left resting on an open book on a table before him (Poor Man’s Family Book, 1674). A painted version was at Yester House.

Nineteenth-century images include
Marble statue by Thomas Brock, right arm raised, book in left hand; Kidderminster, Bull Ring (illus. Sculpture Jnl., I, 1997, p 49).

Doubtful Portrait
Unattributed painting, three-quarter length standing by table with papers, inscribed with identity and by Walker, offered to the NPG 1860 by H. E. Chafy (of Rous Lench Court, near Evesham) 1924 (F. J. Powicke, Richard Baxter, 1924, pp 12-13, & front.).

This extended catalogue entry is by John Ingamells, one of a limited number of entries drafted in 2010 for the incomplete catalogue, Early Stuart Portraits 1625-1685, and is as written then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.