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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

John Boyle, 5th Earl of Cork and Orrery (1707-1762), Man of letters

Portraits are rare. A whole length as a boy, with a dog, and miniatures, c.1750, with companion pieces of his first and second wives, were at Marston, the family seat. [1] An engraving ad vivum, 1741, by J. Faber junior (J. Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits, 1878-83, 272) is in the Ashmolean Museum, Hope collection. [2] A portrait of an earl in peer's parliamentary robes, with a faint inscription containing the name Cork and agreeing reasonably with this type, was with the late David Minlore in 1935. Possibly the portrait with the dealer Rodd in 1824, it was stated to be ‘style of Kneller', but on costume, c.1730, is too late for him. [3]

1) The Orrery Papers, ed. Countess of Cork, 1903, I, facing p 160; II, frontispiece.
2) The Life of Samuel Johnson by James Boswell, ed. by R. Ingpen, 1925, II, p 753, reproduced as 'after a painting by Faber'.
3) Rodd's priced sale catalogue, 1824, p 10 (28).


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.