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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (1671-1713), Philosopher and writer on the fine arts

Painting by John Closterman, see NPG 5308.

Painting by John Closterman, whole-length standing in a colonnade, wearing an Indian gown and mules (cf. Dryden NPG 1133), with volumes of Plato and Xenophon behind him; he is being summoned by an attendant (whose features resemble those of his brother Maurice, see Ashley Cooper). The Earl of Shaftesbury (M. Rogers, ‘John and John Baptist Closterman: a catalogue of their works’, Wal. Soc., XLIX, 1983, no.87). Engraved S. Gribelin, without the attendant figure, as the frontispiece for the 2nd edition of the Characteristicks, 1714.

Marble bust ascribed to Peter Scheemakers, all’antica. Dorset County Museum, from Wimborne St Giles.

This extended catalogue entry is from the National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, National Portrait Gallery, 2009, 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.