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Thomas Parker, 1st Earl of Macclesfield

Thomas Parker, 1st Earl of Macclesfield, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, based on a work of 1712 -NPG 799 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Thomas Parker, 1st Earl of Macclesfield

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
based on a work of 1712
49 1/2 in. x 39 in. (1257 mm x 991 mm)
NPG 799

This portraitback to top

Wearing ceremonial dress as lord chief justice. A copy of a Kneller portrait of c.1710, [1] engraved G. Vertue 1712 (reversed) [2] and F. Kyte 1714 (J. Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits, 8); half-length oval plates by J. Simon (reversed; J. Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits, 117) and J. Faber II (J. Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits, 274, altered to lord chancellor). Kneller’s original portrait remains unidentified.

Footnotesback to top

1) J. D. Stewart, Godfrey Kneller, 1983, no.448.
2) As Lord Chief Justice Sir Thomas Parker, PC (D. Alexander, ‘George Vertue as an Engraver’, Wal. Soc., LXX, 2008, no.90); copied in a Bulfinch wash drawing in the Ashmolean Museum (Sutherland Collection, Burnet II, X, 450; D. B. Brown, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Catalogue of the Collection of Drawings, IV, The Earlier British Drawings, 1982, no.87).

Referenceback to top

Piper 1963
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, p 212.

Provenanceback to top

The Earls of Hardwicke, Wimpole Park; sale, Christie’s, 30 June 1888, lot 45, bought Agnew, from whom purchased 1889.


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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