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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Maurice Johnson (1688-1755), Antiquary

The Dictionary of National Biography records portraits in oil still in the family at Ayscoughfee, Blundeston and Sleaford and at least two miniatures, one engraved by Holl, viz NPG 4684. [1] The collections at Blundeston and Ayscoughfee were apparently sold in 1898, Christie's, 24, 25 and 28 March, property of the late Maurice Johnson, for Weaver writing in 1916 mentions that Ayscoughfee had been dispersed. No portraits of Maurice Johnson, however, appear among the paintings sold on the 28 March. Stukeley (q.v.) had a drawing by Van der Gucht, 1723. [2]

1) Dictionary of National Biography, X, p 912, a reprint of the 1892 entry.
2) Family Memoirs, part III, p 484, 'List of portraits' (4).


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, and is as published 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.