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Izaak Walton

Early Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Izaak Walton

by Jacob Huysmans
circa 1672
30 1/2 in. x 25 1/2 in. (775 mm x 648 mm)
NPG 1168

This portraitback to top

A second unsigned version, bequeathed by Dr Hawes to the Merewether family, [1] was sold Sotheby’s, 5 December 1928, lot 61, and possibly Phillips, 14 January 1974, lot P102. [2] An early copy is in the William Salt Library, Stafford; others, of varying significance, include paintings

by G. P. Harding small water colour, sold Bonham’s, Knightsbridge, 22 March 1994, lot 101, and Phillips, 7 November 2001, lot 229
by C. Hughes c.1850 (Ironmongers’ Hall)
by S. Guillod, 1854, oval, with T. Price of Newport, Salop, in 1955
by James Sant; engr. James Faed exh. RA 1867, no.940
by David Gee c.1880 (Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry)
Unattributed, Sotheby’s (Sussex), 10 March 1992, lot 1618.

Footnotesback to top

1) Illus. The Fishing Gazette, 13 December 1924, p 550.
2) Letter from Mrs Simpson (née Merewether), 27 October 1986, on file: ‘presumed to be the one sold at Phillips on 14th Jan. 1974 as Half Length Portrait of a Gentleman, Dutch School’.

Referenceback to top

Collins Baker 1912
C. H. Collins Baker, Lely and the Stuart Portrait Painters, 1912 (I, p 210, as c.1663, according to Newton’s apparent age).

Davies 1946
Martin Davies, The British School (National Gallery Catalogue 1946), p 87 (NG 125).

Piper 1963
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, pp 371-72.

Conservationback to top

Lined; cleaned 1979, when the canvas was slightly extended;1 slightly uneven surface with several retouchings; signed below right I HS2 and inscribed above head to right: Et.79. (as revealed in 1979).

1 Cf. D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, p 371, where the size was given as 74.3 x 61.6.
2 Cf. G. Vertue, Notebooks, Wal. Soc., XXIV, 1936, p 35, where a similar Huysmans monogram was noted on an unspecified portrait of Queen Catherine of Braganza.

Provenanceback to top

Bequeathed to the National Gallery by the Rev. Dr Herbert Hawes of Salisbury,1 1837; lent to the NPG 1898; Tate Gallery; transferred to the NPG 1957.

1 Who, with a female cousin, was the sole descendant of Walton (Gentleman’s Magazine, 1837, I, p 549; I. Walton, The Compleat Angler, ed. Sir Harris Nicolas, 2nd ed., 1860, I, [p cxliii, n.p.]; a list of Walton family portraits belonging to Hawes, p clix.

Exhibitionsback to top

First Exhibition of National Portraits, South Kensington, 1866, no.958.

Reproductionsback to top

M. Bovi (from a drawing by J. Minasi) 1794; P. Audinet 1815, G. Maile 1823, A. W. Warren 1824 (from a drawing by G. Clint), W. Humphrys 1836 (from a drawing by William Derby), etc.1

1 See F. O’Donoghue & H. M. Hake, Catalogue of Engraved British Portraits in the ... British Museum, IV, pp 396-97.

This extended catalogue entry is by John Ingamells, one of a limited number of entries drafted in 2010 for the incomplete catalogue, Early Stuart Portraits 1625-1685, and is as written 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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