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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Thomas Wharton, 1st Marquess of Wharton (1648-1716), Nobleman and politician

c.1655
Unattributed painting, whole-length as a child wearing bonnet and skirts, holding a bird on a string. Hellens, Much Marcle.

1697
Painting attributed to Kneller, three-quarter-length with inscribed date. Lord Wharton.

c.1715
Painting by Godfrey Kneller, see NPG 3233.

History
A painted allegory by Donato Creti was one of a series of ‘monuments’ to recent ‘British Worthies, who were bright and shining Ornaments, to their Country’, commissioned by Owen MacSwinny c.1725-29. Government Art Collection (4258), from Sotheby’s, 26 June 1957, lot 55 (E. Croft-Murray, Decorative Painting in England, II, The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, 1970, p 240, no.7).

Doubtful Portraits
Paintings attributed to Kneller, standing three-quarter-length, National Gallery of Ireland (474; exhibited Dublin 1872, no.98 as Phillip, Duke of Wharton); attributed to Riley, standing three-quarter-length with hound, from the collection of Lord Wharton, and by Thomas Murray, half-length in red gown, signed and dated 1713, private collection.

Miniature by Thomas Flatman. Huntington Art Collections, San Marino (68.05; illus. Huntington Art Collection, 1986, p 44).

An unattributed painting, a huge conversation piece called The Whig Junto, purporting to show Wharton with the 2nd Duke of Devonshire, the 1st Earl of Halifax, Baron Somers, the 3rd Earl of Sunderland, and Admiral Russell, Lord Orford; Ombersley (Nash, Worcestershire, II, 1799, p 224 as by [Isaac] Fuller [II]; illus. 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.