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)
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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.
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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.
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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.