Commissioned during the 1720s by the impresario Owen Swiny (1676-1754), this painting is by the Italian Baroque artist Donato Creti. It once formed part of a series of 24 allegorical tomb paintings, made by a team of Venetian and Bolognese artists, which were intended to commemorate great Englishmen, particularly those involved in the revolution of 1688, when King James II was overthrown. There is another example from the series, also painted by Creti, in the Government Art Collection: ‘Allegorical Tomb of Joseph Addison (1642-1719) Essayist and Poet’ (GAC 4529).
Allegorical Tomb of Thomas Wharton, 1st Marquess of Wharton (1648-1715) politician
Oil on canvas
height: 218.00 cm, width: 139.00 cm
Purchased from Frost & Reed, February 1958
Collection of Owen Macswiny; collection of the Duke of Richmond, Goodwood; collection of De Trafford; sold through Sotheby's, London, on 26 June 1957 (Lot 55); with Frost & Reed; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in February 1958
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