A well-executed half-length portrait of a gentleman, circle of John Vanderbank. The subject wears a red robe over a brown jacket with a white chemise and lace cravat. He wears a powdered wig in the fashionable style of the day and is clearly a gentleman of some standing in society. In the 18th century scarlet robes were the ceremonial and traditional colour for Judges. It seems likely he was a member of the legal profession and that this portrait was perhaps painted to commemorate his appointment as a judge. The painting has clearly been executed by an artist of great ability who has been influenced by John Vanderbank.
John Vanderbank was born in London on 9 September 1694 and was the son of John Vanderbank Snr an artist and tapestry weaver. His brother Moses Vanderbank also became a painter. He was initially taught art by his father before becoming a pupil of Sir Godfrey Kneller in 1711 at his art academy and later Sir James Thornhill from 1718.
He specialised in portraits and became well known for his paintings of royalty and other eminent people of the time. He also produced a number of book illustrations most notably the portrait of Sir Isaac Newton used in the physicists work His success allowed him to open his own academy in 1719 and on 12 July 1723 he married the actress Ann Hardaker. Vanderbank died in Holles Street on 23 December 1739 aged 45 and was buried in St Marylebone Parish Church, Westminster.
Examples of his work are held in many public collections including: the Bodleian Library, Darlington Library, English Heritage, Museum of Barnstaple, National Portrait Gallery, National Trust and the University of Cambridge.
The painting is housed in a new, English made gilt frame, which is in excellent condition.
|Image Size||29.5 inches x 24.5 inches (75cm x 62cm)|
|Framed Size||36.5 inches x 31.5 inches (93cm x 80cm)|