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John Ker, 3rd Duke of Roxburghe

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John Ker, 3rd Duke of Roxburghe, by Thomas Patch, circa 1761 -NPG 724 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

John Ker, 3rd Duke of Roxburghe

by Thomas Patch
circa 1761
25 3/4 in. x 20 1/2 in. (654 mm x 521 mm)
NPG 724

This portraitback to top

In the course of his European travels Roxburghe spent at least four months, from August to November 1761, in Florence where he was well received by Horace Mann and painted three times by Mann’s protégé, Thomas Patch. NPG 724 is a loosely-brushed caricature, in which, as Ribeiro has observed, Roxburghe stands fashionably posed, showing off a well-turned leg and a fine lace ruffle [1] – but the setting is perfunctory (and the urn not centred on the pedestal). Roxburghe’s remarkably retroussé nose, as drawn at least three times by Patch, became quite Roman in later portraits.

Footnotesback to top

1) A. Ribeiro, The Gallery of Fashion, 2000, p.122.

Referenceback to top

Watson 1940
F. J. B. Watson, 'Thomas Patch ... with a catalogue of his known works', Wal. Soc., XXVIII, 1940, no.12.

Physical descriptionback to top

Dark eyes, powdered wig, wearing a grey suit, white silk stockings and black shoes with diamond buckles; a green curtain above him; on the left an exotic column with masks and sphinx, the urn above with a goat’s head; distant view of Florence with the Duomo and Campanile.

Provenanceback to top

Presented by Sir Richard Wallace 1884.

Exhibitionsback to top

Italy and the Grand Tour, Norwich, 1958 (94).


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, 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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