Sir Joseph Jekyll (1663-1738) Master of the Rolls
About the work
This is a version of Michael Dahl’s original portrait of former Master of the Rolls Sir Joseph Jekyll, which is in the collection of the Middle Temple in London. The portrait was engraved by George Vertue in 1731 and examples of the engraving are held in the Government Art Collection, the National Portrait Gallery and the British Museum.
In 1867 this painting was lent to an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery by John Romilly, first Baron Romilly, Master of the Rolls from 1851 to 1873.
About the artist
Portraitist Michael Dahl was born in Stockholm. He studied under M. Hannibal and D. K. Ehrenstrahl before moving to England in 1682. In 1684 he visited Paris with Henry Tilson, possibly accompanying Godfrey Kneller. Dahl and Tilson travelled on to Rome. After converting to Catholicism, Dahl was able to paint Queen Kristina. He also painted Pietro Garoli of the Accademia di S. Luca. Dahl and Tilson returned in 1689 and Dahl was patronised by Prince George of Denmark and the Duke of Somerset. Queen Anne later commissioned he and Kneller to paint 14 portraits of Admirals, although Kneller alone remained Principal Painter. Dahl painted an equestrian portrait of Prince George for Windsor and portraits of Tories for the Queen. He died aged 84.
Michael Dahl (c1659 - 1743)
- Sir Joseph Jekyll (1663-1738) Master of the Rolls
- Oil on canvas
- height: 77.00 cm, width: 64.00 cm
- Transferred from the Royal Courts of Justice, November 1960
- Inscribed top right: Sr. Joseph Jekyll Knt. / Master of the Rolls. AD. 1717 / Died. AD. 1738.
- Collection of John Romilly, first Baron Romilly (Master of the Rolls 1851-73)
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