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Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, after 1731, based on a work of circa 1618
79 in. x 50 in. (2007 mm x 1270 mm)
Purchased, 1900
NPG 1288

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Jacinto Regalado

04 October 2019, 18:47

This picture is evidently after the same work as the 3/4-length version of it by John Vanderbank (NPG 1904), and I expect Vanderbank may have painted this full-length also. However, the important question is who painted the original, and the most likely candidate is Paulus van Somer. Several versions of this picture are already attributed to him or considered after him, and his authorship is perfectly plausible stylistically as well as otherwise. Two such versions are below:

I have seen one version (below) attributed to studio of Abraham van Blyenberch, which is possible but less likely than van Somer:

Given the importance of the sitter, I think the NPG should be more specific than "after unknown artist," since it is quite likely, even if not absolutely certain, that the artist was Paulus van Somer.

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