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Henry Brett

1 portrait of Henry Brett

Henry Brett, by Peter Cross, 1703 -NPG 6305 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Henry Brett

by Peter Cross
3 3/8 in. x 2 3/4 in. (86 mm x 70 mm) oval
NPG 6305

Inscriptionback to top

Signed in gold above his right shoulder PC (in monogram) and again in gesso on the backcard Mr Brett/May ye 31 1703/PC (monogram).

This portraitback to top

The identification might be regarded a little cautiously. It is made on the basis of the inscription Mr Brett, together with his apparent age and the date (i.e. before Henry Brett was made Colonel). No other portrait of Henry Brett is known.

Referenceback to top

Simon & Saywell (eds.) 2004
Complete Illustrated Catalogue, NPG, ed. J. Simon & D. Saywell, 2004, p 75.

Provenanceback to top

Hon Frederic H. A. Wallop (1870-1953); in 1932-33 given to his nephew Alan Evans (c.1890-1974), by whom bequeathed to the National Gallery 1974; lent to the NPG 1974 (L152/43) until permanently transferred 1994.

Exhibitionsback to top

Victoria and Albert Museum 1930-49; British Art, RA, 1934, no.984 lent Evans.

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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