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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

William Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Devonshire (1672-1729), Whig leader

c.1708
Unattributed painting, with his brother Lord James Cavendish, Elihu Yale and Mr Tunstal. Yale Center for British Art, gift of the 11th Duke of Devonshire 1970 (B1970.1; D. H. Solkin, Painting for Money, 1994, p 281n45). Exhibited The Conversation Piece, Arthur Devis & His Contemporaries, New Haven, 1980, no.45, illus. According to an inscription on the verso the picture commemorates the marriage of Yale’s daughter, Anne, to Lord James Cavendish, younger brother of the 2nd Duke of Devonshire, in 1708. A much reduced version on copper in the Yale University Library, exhibited ibid., no.46.

c.1715
Painting by Godfrey Kneller, see NPG 3202.

Painting attributed to Godfrey Kneller, whole-length in Garter robes, left hand on hip, the lord steward’s wand of office standing on the left. Hardwick Hall.

c.1720
Painting by Charles Jervas, three-quarter-length seated to left with Garter ribbon, right hand holding medal resting on a table. Christie’s, 20 November 1987, lot 80. Variants at Chatsworth (296), and sold Phillips, 14 May 1979, lot 165.

Doubtful Portraits
A painting by Godfrey Kneller at Chatsworth, whole-length in Garter robes holding wand (J. D. Stewart, Godfrey Kneller, 1983, no.218), appears to show the 1st Duke of Devonshire (d. 1707). Likewise the half-length derivation (attributed to the studio of Jervas) at Holker Hall.

An unattributed painting, a huge conversation piece called The Whig Junto, purporting to show Devonshire with the 1st Earl of Halifax, Baron Somers, the 3rd Earl of Sunderland, the 1st Marquess of Wharton, and Admiral Russell, Lord Orford; Ombersley (Nash’s History of Worcestershire, II, 1799, p 224 as by [Isaac] Fuller [II]; Country Life, CXIII, 1953, p 95). The sitters appear to be antiquarians.



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.