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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

John Aislabie (1670-1742), Whig politician; Chancellor of the Exchequer

The one certain portrait is the whole length as chancellor of the exchequer by Kneller lent to the Second Exhibition of National Portraits, South Kensington, 1867 (223), by the Earl de Gray and Ripon. [1] His father, following the death of the sitter's grand-daughter Elizabeth Sophia Lawrence, had inherited the old Aislabie home at Studley Royal in 1854. [2] The portrait, formerly owned by C. G. Vyner, was lost when the house, then in use as a school, was destroyed by fire c.1944.
Two three-quarter lengths at Christie's, 7 July 1900, lot 26 (as by Richardson) and lot 19, were catalogued as John Aislabie, formerly in the collection of his grand-daughter and bequeathed by her to H. E. Waller. [3] Lot 26 was bought for Ripon Corporation in 1935, by which time an inscription identifying it as John Aislabie had been added, top right. The two portraits perhaps represent different persons.

1) Reproduced E. Hailstone, Portraits of Yorkshire Worthies, 1869, II (132).
2) Burke, Landed Gentry, 1952, p 510, under Compton.
3) Both seen at the NPG, 1932, then without inscriptions.


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.