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John Cholmley

7 of 32 portraits by Jacob Huysmans

Early Stuart Portraits Catalogue

John Cholmley

attributed to Jacob Huysmans
circa 1680
29 1/2 in. x 24 1/2 in. (749 mm x 622 mm)
NPG 2105

Inscriptionback to top

Inscribed, upper left: BUTLER.

This portraitback to top

Acquired as a portrait of the poet Samuel Butler, but in 1948, at the Howsham Hall sale (Hollis & Webb, 3rd day, 3 November 1948), lot 651 ‘by Riley’ was a similar portrait, inscribed John Cholmley Esq./Brother to Nathaniel Cho:/Died Feb 1693, acquired by York Art Gallery (231). [1] Provenance and inscription provide persuasive evidence of the sitter’s correct identity, but the traditional attribution to Riley has now been replaced with the slightly preferable attribution to Huysmans.

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1) Hawkesbury 1903a, p 50, no.74; York Art Gallery Cat., II, 1963, pp 74-75, pl.11, as by John Riley; York Art Gallery Cat. Supp., 1974, p 19, as ‘English c.1690’.

Referenceback to top

Piper 1963
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, pp 50-51 (as Butler).

Conservationback to top

Lined; cleaned 1990.

Provenanceback to top

Mrs M. E. Plowright, Swaffham; purchased 1925.

Exhibitionsback to top

Department of Environment 1971-88; Lyme Park 1999-.


This extended catalogue entry is by John Ingamells, one of a limited number of entries drafted in 2010 for the incomplete catalogue, Early Stuart Portraits 1625-1685, and is as written 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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