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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Sir Hans Sloane, Bt (1660-1753), Physician and collector

The earliest known portrait, [1] attributed to Kneller, is a head and shoulders of c.1700 owned by the Sloane-Stanley family at Paultons. A portrait by Kneller of 1716 engraved by Faber junior, 1729, was given by the sitter to the Royal Society and another by Thomas Murray of c.1725, engraved by Faber junior in 1728, was in the Royal College of Physicians by 1733 when noted there by Vertue 'Sir H. Sloane. at len'. [2] A whole length in scarlet and rose MD gown, painted in 1730 by Richardson, was presented by the sitter to Oxford in the following year. [3] A seated whole length in the British Museum showing the sitter as president of the Royal Society is ascribed to Vanderbank. A statue by Rysbrack is in the Chelsea Physic Garden [4] and the related terracotta bust, in the British Museum.

1) An account of the portraits given by The Royal College of Physicians of London Portraits, ed. G. Wolstenholme and D. Piper, 1964, p 392.
2) G. Vertue, Vertue Note Books (edited by The Earl of Ilchester), Walpole Society, 1930-55, IV, p 55.
3) R. L. Poole, Catalogue of Portraits in the Possession of the University, Colleges, City and County of Oxford, 1912-25, I, p 101 (252); now in the Bodleian library.
4) G. R. de Beer, Sir Hans Sloane and the British Museum, 1953, reproduced pl.4.


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.