Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue
Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset (1662-1748), Politician, Lord President of the Council and Master of the Horse
‘of a middle Stature, well Shaped, a very Black Complexion, a lover of Musick and Poetry; of good Judgment, but by Reason of a great Hesitation in his Speech, wants Expression. He is about Forty-two Years old’ (J. Macky, Characters of the Court of Great Britain, 1733).
‘a man of vast pride, and having had a very low education, shewed it in a very indecent manner’ (1st Earl Cowper).
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.