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Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne

Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne, by Charles Jervas, circa 1721 -NPG 5582 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne

attributed to Charles Jervas
circa 1721
55 1/4 in. x 45 3/4 in. (1405 mm x 1162 mm)
NPG 5582

Inscriptionback to top

Inscribed, top left: Thomas Holles/Duke of Newcastle.1

1 The stretcher carries a red stencil: D.P.P. 5971.

This portraitback to top

Wearing the ceremonial dress of a Knight of the Garter, an Order to which Newcastle was elected in 1718. The rather awkward ending of the composition along the bottom edge and the unusual dimensions suggest it may have been reduced from a whole-length composition. Judging by the resemblance of the face to that in the Kneller NPG 3215, this portrait also may be dated c.1721. It was sold in 1983 as by James Worsdale, but it may also be compared with whole-lengths of Newcastle [1] and the 2nd Duke of Montagu at Boughton, both attributed to Jervas.

Footnotesback to top

1) Sotheby’s, 12 July 1989, lot 31; the head copied in reverse from that in the Kneller NPG 3215.

Referenceback to top

Simon & Saywell (eds.) 2004
Complete Illustrated Catalogue, NPG, ed. J. Simon & D. Saywell, 2004, p 457.

Provenanceback to top

Sotheby’s, 6 July 1983, lot 224 as by James Worsdale, bought Leggatt for the NPG.


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.