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by Bartholomew Dandridge
oil on canvas, 1720s or 1730s
49 1/2 in. x 39 1/2 in. (1257 mm x 1003 mm)
Given by Lord Boston, 1859
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The identification as Nathaniel Hooke rests on provenance. The portrait was presented to the National Portrait Gallery in 1859 by George 4th Baron Boston, whose grandfather, Frederick, the 2nd Baron, a personal friend of Hooke, erected the tablet to him in Hedsor church in 1801. The portrait is signed on the masonry, bottom left: B Dandridge Pinxit. More detailed information on this portrait is available in a National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, John Kerslake's Early Georgian Portraits (1977, out of print).
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