1 of 5 portraits by John Phillip
- Extended catalogue entry
Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue
attributed to John Phillip
20 1/2 in. x 22 1/2 in. (521 mm x 572 mm)
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According to information supplied by the vendor (letter of 13 February 1947, NPG archives), John Phillip used to stay with J. B. Davenport (1799-1862) of Foxley, Herefordshire , the ancestor of Major Davenport. The painting is very close to Phillip's work in style, and the features of the sitter accord well with other early authentic self-portraits, though the comparison is not absolutely conclusive. Major Davenport apparently owned other paintings by Phillip.
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Fresh complexion, dark brown hair. Dressed in a dark stock and waistcoat, dark brown velvet coat and light grey trousers. Seated in a dark green and brown chair, holding a light brown palette, with splashes of red, white and brown paint, and looking at a white canvas, on which is a rough design, apparently of two figures. Beyond the canvas, which has no visible signs of support (an easel is indicated in pencil), is a brown and pink table. A dark red curtain is on the right. The rest of the background is brown.
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J. B. Davenport; by descent to Major J. C. Davenport; Russell Baldwin & Bright of Leominster; Leger Galleries, purchased from them, 1947.
This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Ormond, Early Victorian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973, 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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