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George Byng, 1st Viscount Torrington

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George Byng, 1st Viscount Torrington, by Jeremiah Davison, circa 1730 -NPG 14 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

George Byng, 1st Viscount Torrington

by Jeremiah Davison
circa 1730
79 in. x 56 in. (2007 mm x 1422 mm)
NPG 14

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Inscribed, lower right: George Byng Vict. Torrington.

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On the post behind him to the left the carved arms of Torrington (quarterly, sa. and arg., in the 1st quarter a lion, ramp. of the second). One of at least three whole-length portraits of Torrington by Davison painted between c.1729 and 1734, each showing him in viscount’s coronation robes with the Bath insignia.

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Piper 1963
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, p 348.

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Presented by the 7th Viscount Torrington June 1857 (previously offered to the British Museum as by Kneller).1

1 Presumably the ‘full length Portrait of … the first Viscount Torrington, in his Robes - Sir Godfrey Kneller’ listed at Yotes Court in Neale, Seats, II, IV, 1828, no.19. The Byngs had inherited Yotes in 1791 from the Master family (the 1st Viscount had married Margaret Master), remaining there until 1948 (see Country Life, CXXXV, 25 June 1968, p 1651).


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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