John Somers, Baron Somers
2 of 38 portraits of John Somers, Baron Somers
- Extended catalogue entry
Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue
John Somers, Baron Somers
by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
36 in. x 28 in. (914 mm x 711 mm)
Inscriptionback to top
Inscribed, upper right: John Lord Somers/Baron of Evesham/Lord High Chancellor/of England/Obiit/1716; signed, lower left: GK in monogram.
This portraitback to top
When Scharf saw this portrait at Eastnor in 1875 he commented ‘a dull picture of Kitcat period’. A 20th-century copy by A. E. Dyer is in the Assembly Hall, Hertford. A similar head appears in a three-quarter-length standing portrait by Kneller at Panshanger, with a letter inscribed The/Right Honourable/Lord Sommers, sold Christie’s, 16 October 1953, lot 61 (exhibited Second Special Exhibition of National Portraits ( ... William and Mary to MDCCC), South Kensington, 1867, no.28).
Referenceback to top
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, p 320.
Sir George Scharf’s Sketch Books, 92A:53.
Provenanceback to top
By descent at Eastnor Castle; presented by the 3rd Earl Somers1 1877.
1 The 3rd Earl Somers (1819-83) had been a Trustee of the NPG since 1860.
Exhibitionsback to top
Tercentenary Exhibition, Royal Society, Burlington House, 1960; Lyme Park 1983–.
Reproductionsback to top
J. Simon, half-length oval, reversed (J. Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits, 135).1
1 Identified by J. D. Stewart, Godfrey Kneller, 1983, no.683, as after a separate Kneller painting, yet the similarity to NPG 490 (which does not appear in J. D. Stewart, Godfrey Kneller, 1983), is close. In reversing the image Simon preserved the correct buttoning of the coat, i.e. he shows buttons instead of eyelets.
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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