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Queen Anne

Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Queen Anne

studio of John Closterman
circa 1702, based on a work of circa 1702
49 1/4 in. x 40 1/2 in. (1251 mm x 1029 mm)
NPG 215

Inscriptionback to top

Old inscription Van Dyk/pinx, bottom right, removed.

This portraitback to top

A version of the portrait commissioned from Closterman for the London Guildhall, [1] now known only through Faber II’s three-quarter-length mezzotint (J. Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits, 10) which omits the background pillar. A half-length version from Hornby Castle was sold Christie’s, 30 May 1969, lot 97, and a whole-length, probably c.1705, remains in the County Court Room, Northampton. [2]

Footnotesback to top

1) M. Rogers, ‘John and John Baptist Closterman: a catalogue of their works’, Wal. Soc., XLIX, 1983, no.1; G. Vertue, Notebooks II, Wal. Soc., XX, 1932, p 139.
2) M. Rogers, ‘John and John Baptist Closterman: a catalogue of their works’, Wal. Soc., XLIX, 1983, no.2, pl.55; G. Vertue, Notebooks V, Wal. Soc., XXVI, 1938, p 111. A painting by John Scougall whole-length, crowned, in green (now) robes, sceptre in right hand, was probably copied from this type; Glasgow Art Gallery (472), from Glasgow’s Old Town Hall (see J. Holloway, Patrons and Painters, 1989, p 148).

Referenceback to top

Piper 1963
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, p 7.

Rogers 1983
M. Rogers, ‘John and John Baptist Closterman: a catalogue of their works’, Wal. Soc., XLIX, 1983, under no.1.

Provenanceback to top

Thomas A. Mackinlay sale, Christie’s, 10 March 1866, lot 724, bought J. H. Parker, from whom purchased June 1866.

Exhibitionsback to top

Festival of Britain Exhibition, Nottingham, 1951, no.67; Exhibition: Rande 1702, Museo do Mar de Galicia, Vigo, 2002, no.81; La Batalla de Almansa, Valencia, 2007, no.32; Catalonia and the War of the Spanish Succession, Museu d’Historia de Catalunya, Barcelona, 2007–08, n.n.


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.

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