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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Antonio Verrio

by Antonio Verrio
circa 1704
30 in. x 25 in. (762 mm x 635 mm)
NPG 2890

Inscriptionback to top

Inscribed bottom left: Ecco Antonio/O’ il povero Verrio1

1 ‘Here is Antonio, Oh poor Verrio’, presumably referring to his failing eyesight.

This portraitback to top

The sitter’s apparent age and the pathetic inscription indicate a late portrait, painted shortly before his blindness in 1704. Croft-Murray believed NPG 2890 was painted c.1704 either by Verrio ‘or by some friend’ and he read the inscription as ‘Cieco Antonio o il povero Verrio’. [1]

Footnotesback to top

1) ‘Blind Antonio, oh poor Verrio’. Croft-Murray, loc. cit., explained that Verrio’s eyesight was most probably affected by cataracts (gutta serena).

Referenceback to top

Croft-Murray 1962
E. Croft-Murray, Decorative Painting in England, I, Early Tudor to Sir James Thornhill, 1962, p 60.

Piper 1963
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, pp 363-64.

Provenanceback to top

1 John Perkins (d. c.1890) of Leak Wootton; his brother, James Edward Perkins (d. c.1896); his son, James Hickstead Perkins, of Oak Villa, Menston, near Leeds, from whom purchased 1936.

1 An inventory of household goods belonging to the gardener Henry Wise at Brompton Park in November 1718 included ‘Seigno Vario’s own piece done by himself’ (D. Green, Henry Wise, 1956, p 216).

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Beningbrough 1985–2005.


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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