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John Somers, Baron Somers

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John Somers, Baron Somers, by Unknown artist, 1690-1700 -NPG 3658 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

John Somers, Baron Somers

by Unknown artist
3 1/8 in. x 2 5/8 in. (79 mm x 67 mm)
NPG 3658

Inscriptionback to top

Inscribed in ink, verso, in an 18th-century(?) hand: John Lord Somers/Baron of Evesham/Chancellor of England/He was the chief/Instrument in bringing/about the Union between/England and Scotland.

This portraitback to top

The identity rests on the inscription verso. In 1976 Murrell very tentatively suggested an attribution to Joseph Goupy. [1]

Footnotesback to top

1) Condition report by V. J. Murrell, dated 14 February 1976 (on file).

Referenceback to top

Piper 1963
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, p 319.

Provenanceback to top

P. Ellis Lyons, London, from whom purchased 1949.

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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