Charles Spencer, 3rd Duke of Marlborough (1706-1758) Soldier

John Vanderbank (1694 - 1739)

Oil on canvas

1719 (?)
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  • About the artist
    John Vanderbank, portraitist, history painter and illustrator, was born in London, the son of a tapestry weaver of the same name. From 1711, he studied at Kneller's Academy and, in 1720, established an academy of his own with French painter Louis Cheron, in St. Martin's Lane. The academy closed after May 1724, when Vanderbank fled to France to avoid imprisonment for debts. He studiously copied the work of Rubens and Van Dyck and was considered a gifted portraitist. However, he ruined a promising career through intemperate living. From 1724 to 1729 he was repeatedly in debt and detained in Fleet prison. His chief book illustrations were 68 plates for ‘Don Quixote’ (1738). He died of at his home in Holles Street aged 45, leaving a wife, Anne.
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    Spencer, Charles, 3rd Duke of Marlborough
    Materials & Techniques
    canvas, oil, oil painting
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    Charles Spencer, 3rd Duke of Marlborough (1706-1758) Soldier
    1719 (?)
    Oil on canvas
    height: 204.50 cm, width: 147.50 cm
    Purchased from Agnew's, March 1953
    bl: J Van Derbank/1719 [? last digit unclear]
    Knoedler 1930; with Agnew’s Gallery, London; from whom purchased in March 1953
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