John Gwynn, by Unknown artist, circa 1770 - NPG 4680 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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John Gwynn

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, circa 1770
36 in. x 29 1/4 in. (914 mm x 743 mm)
Purchased, 1969
NPG 4680

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Cliff Thornton

5 September 2015, 09:08

I believe that this may be the lost portrait of "Mr Gwyn the Architect" painted by Charles Grignon the younger (1753-1804). Grignon worked with kit-cat sized canvases, as in this portrait. As Grignon moved to Rome in 1781, this portrait was probably painted before that date. It may have been one of the portraits which Grignon exhibited at the Royal Academy Exhibitions in the 1770s, but the sitters were not identified in the catalogues.
To be more certain of this attribution to Grignon, this painting should be compared with known works by the artist, e.g. Captain George Farmer NPG 2149, and Admiral Sir Richard Pearson at the National Maritime Museum.

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