Sir Henry Wotton (1568-1639) diplomat and writer
About the work
This portrait by an unknown artist relates to similar portraits at Eton College and the National Portrait Gallery (NPG), painted in about 1630. However, the Eton and NPG versions do not include the letter and inkstand seen here. While some consider the Eton portrait to be the primary example, from which all versions are derived, others have suggested that, in view of the crude technique demonstrated by even the Eton portrait, all surviving versions are derived from a now lost original.
At Kingston Lacy (National Trust) in Dorset there is a miniature copy of the Eton portrait, painted in enamel on copper. This is one of 50 such miniatures in the Kingston Lacy collection, all painted by enamel painter Henry Bone (1755-1834). Bone’s squared up preparatory drawing for the work is also in the NPG.
British 17th century unknown
- Sir Henry Wotton (1568-1639) diplomat and writer
- Oil on canvas
- height: 76.00 cm, width: 63.50 cm
- Purchased from Squadron Leader Wheeler, April 1961
- bottom right on letter: To / Sr. Henry Wotton / Provost of Eaton [sic] / Colledg [sic]
- Collection of Squadron Leader T. Wheeler of 108 Grove End Gardens, London, NW8; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in 1961
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