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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Maurice Ashley-Cooper (1675-1726), Classical scholar; younger brother of 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury

Painting by John Closterman, see Shaftesbury NPG 5308.

Painting by John Closterman, whole-length standing with gun over his shoulder, his right hand stretched out before him. The Earl of Shaftesbury, Easton Neston (M. Rogers, ‘John and John Baptist Closterman: a catalogue of their works’, Wal. Soc., XLIX, 1983, no.5, pl.58). Rogers suggests this was probably painted as a pendant to the Closterman portrait of his brother (see Shaftesbury), the pair contrasting the active and contemplative character of their respective lives. A similar portrait by Closterman from Easton Neston (currently on loan to Tate Britain, LO2557) is mistakenly inscribed bottom left: John D. of Marlbrough/by Sir Godfrey Kneller.

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.