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Johann Christoph Pepusch

Johann Christoph Pepusch, by Thomas Hudson, circa 1735 -NPG 2063 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Johann Christoph Pepusch

by Thomas Hudson
circa 1735
49 3/4 in. x 40 1/8 in. (1264 mm x 1019 mm)
NPG 2063

This portraitback to top

NPG 2063 is the only known version, the design corresponding with the engraving by Vanhaecken inscribed Thos Hudson Pinxit (J. Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits, 1878-83, 12). The head is well painted but the handling of the rest of the canvas is rather mechanical and further from any other attributed to this artist in the Gallery. The portrait is almost certainly the same as one sold at Christie's, 27 April 1861, lot 126, from the collection of Charles Salt, stated to have been purchased at Lady Miles's sale at Arlingham Court. Listed as Handel by Hogarth but corrected to Pepusch in the sale room, the pose as sketched by Scharf in the catalogue corresponds with the Gallery portrait. The wig suggests a date in the 1730s.

Physical descriptionback to top

Dark blue eyes, pale brown arched eyebrows, cleft chin, wig falling behind shoulders; oyster-grey brocaded gown lined with crimson (gown of Mus.Doc. Oxford), white cravat and wrist ruffles; standing beside a table, his right hand resting on an open book, a sheet of manuscript paper beneath it; stone column, left, books in a case, background right; lit from top left.

Conservationback to top

Varnish discoloured.

Provenanceback to top

Bought, 1924, from R. Kidson Swales of Leeds; from the collection of a Mr Teale of Leeds in whose family it had apparently remained for at least seventy years; earlier history unknown; probably the portrait sold Christie's, 1861.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, 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.