2 of 36 portraits of John Locke
- Extended catalogue entry
Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue
by Herman Verelst
35 1/2 in. x 29 3/4 in. (902 mm x 756 mm) oval
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Signed centre left: H. Verelst 1689; the reverse painted in contemporary hand: Iohn Locke/1689
This portraitback to top
It was apparently while sitting to Verelst in July 1689 that Locke encountered his portrait by Greenhill (see NPG 3912): ‘For seeing lately my Picture drawn by Greenhill at a painters where I was siting for an other … ,’  but Verelst is not named in Locke’s correspondence. The provenance of NPG 3846 would imply that it was painted for Edward Clarke (cf. Greenhill NPG 3912).
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Referenceback to top
De Beer 1989
E. S. de Beer, ‘Locke’s Portraits’ in The Correspondence of John Locke, VIII, 1989, Appendix I, p 446.
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, p 209.
Provenanceback to top
[Edward Clarke of Chipley Park (see NPG 3912). By descent in the Sanford family at Nynehead Court; purchased through Knoedler’s from W. A. Sanford of Chipley Park, 1953, with the help of the National Art-Collections Fund.
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William and Mary, Arts Council, 1950, no.45; Art in South Carolina 1670–1970, Gibbes Art Gallery, Charleston SC, 1970; Gawthorpe 1987–.
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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