Portrait of John Egerton, Viscount Brackley
Portrait of John Egerton, Viscount Brackley

GEORGE KNAPTON (1698-1778)

Portrait of John Egerton, Viscount Brackley

c. 1715 England

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Portrait of John Egerton, Viscount Brackley (1704-1719), standing, three-quarter length, wearing a pink waistcoat and blue jacket in a landscape. Circa 1715.

Oil on canvas in a carved and gilded 18th century English frame.

Dimensions: 94 x 81cm (37 x 32in)


J.C. Roberts, sold at Christies's London sale 4th November 1949, lot 162

Private collection, USA

Sotheby's New York, 28th January 2006

Private collection, London until 2015

John Egerton, Viscount Brackley, was born in February 1704, the son of Scroop Egerton, the 1st Duke of Bridgewater and Lady Elizabeth Churchill, the daughter of John Churchill the 1st Duke of Marlborough and Sarah Jennings. He died aged 14 in January 1719 whilst at Eton College, Windsor and was buried at Little Gaddesden, Hertfordshire.

George Knapton (1698-1778) was an English portrait painter in oils and pastels. He was born in London and was apprenticed to Jonathan Richardson from 1715-22. Circa 1732 he began producing portraits in pastels and was one of the first fashionable practitioners. He was a foundation member and official painter to the Dilettanti Society and painted twenty-three portraits of its members between 1741-49. He resigned as painter to the Society in 1763, but seemed to have given up painting c.1755.

This painting was executed during Knapton's apprenticeship with Richardson and similarities with Richardson's drawing style can be seen, whilst his brushwork and colour palette suggest someone who is inclined more towards pastels. Knapton painted many portraits of children and similar examples in style and composition are the portraits of William Napier, sold by Christie's in November 1991 and of Lady Louisa Conolly at Castletown House.

Very good
Height 94.00 cm (37.01 inches)
Width 81.00 cm (31.89 inches)
Oil on canvas
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