Jacob Tonson II
- Extended catalogue entry
Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue
Jacob Tonson II
by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
35 3/4 in. x 27 5/8 in. (908 mm x 702 mm)
Inscriptionback to top
Signed, bottom left: GK (monogram).
This portraitback to top
The identity is based upon the provenance and the general physical resemblance to Jacob Tonson I. Of kit-cat size, but not framed as the Kit-Cat Club set, NPG 4091 was probably painted at the time he succeeded to his uncle’s business. It is a late work by Kneller.
A copy from Nuneham  sold Christie’s, 11 June 1948, lot 88 as James Thomson by W. Aikman, was later sold Sotheby’s, 9 November 1966, lot 89 as Jacob Tonson by Kneller. A bust-length copy was with J. Fraser, Buxton, in 1958.
Footnotesback to top
Referenceback to top
NACF 56th Report, 1959, p 21.
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, p 347 as c.1720?.
J. D. Stewart, Godfrey Kneller, 1983, no.754 as c.1720.
Provenanceback to top
Sold from Bayfordbury, Christie’s, 1 June 1945, lot 102, and presumably kept with the kit-cat portraits; anon. sale, Christie’s, 11 November 1949, lot 98; presented by Sir Alec and Lady Martin through the National Art Collections Fund, February 1959.
Exhibitionsback to top
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.
View all known portraits for Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
Make a donation
Support our Make History appeal and help us transform the Gallery.
A unique range of books, accessories and gifts. Every purchase supports the Gallery’s work.
Bring a familiar face home
Refresh your home gallery with a huge selection of custom art prints .