1 of 42 portraits of John Tillotson
- Extended catalogue entry
Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue
after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
based on a work of circa 1694
35 3/4 in. x 27 3/4 in. (908 mm x 705 mm)
This portraitback to top
A reduced version of Kneller’s three-quarter-length portrait engraved by J. Simon (J. Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits, 151) and by R. White as Aetat:64 Ano.1694. The original painting is probably that at Eastnor Castle,  but there are very many versions, including those at Lambeth Palace,  Woburn and Clare College, Cambridge. 
Footnotesback to top
1) J. D. Stewart, Godfrey Kneller, 1983, no.749; engr. G. Vertue 1710 as E Collectione Nobilissimi Ioannis Domini Somers (D. Alexander, ‘George Vertue as an Engraver’, Wal. Soc., LXX, 2008, no.69).
2) Exhibited Second Special Exhibition of National Portraits ( ... William and Mary to MDCCC), South Kensington, 1867, no.24.
3) J. W. Goodison, Catalogue of the Portraits in Christ’s, Clare and Sidney Sussex Colleges, 1985, pp 65-66, nos.134, 135. A list is given in J. Ingamells, The English Episcopal Portrait 1559-1835, catalogue, 1981, pp 384-85, to which may be added, for example, the half-lengths sold Sotheby’s, 17 February 1988, lot 215 (oval) and 6 April 1993, lot 97, and Tennant’s, 13 April 2006, lot 856; a miniature version (reversed) by Henry Spicer sold Christie’s, 8 December 1982, lot 244.
Referenceback to top
J. Ingamells, The English Episcopal Portrait 1559-1835, catalogue, 1981, pp 384-85.
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, pp 345-46.
Provenanceback to top
Henry Graves, from whom purchased 1860.
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.