Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke (1678-1751) politician, diplomat and author

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Cabinet Office, 70 Whitehall

    There is some doubt over the artist of this portrait of Henry St John, First Viscount Bolingbroke, a Tory politician, diplomat and writer. An engraving of the portrait, which is reversed, was produced by printmaker Simon Ravenet (1706-1774). However, the lettering on the print does not reveal the artist’s name.

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    canvas, oil, oil painting
  • Details
    Title
    Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke (1678-1751) politician, diplomat and author
    Date
    c.1735
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 77.50 cm, width: 64.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Richard Gayner, April 1966
    Inscription
    tl: Ld.. Bolingbroke.
    Provenance
    Collection of suspected murderer (Richard) John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan (1934-in or after 1974); by whom sold through Sotheby's, London, 'Catalogue of Old Master Paintings; including the property of the Rt. Hon. the Earl of Lucan' sale, on 21 October 1964 (Lot 2), for £95, as by 'G. Kneller'; from which sale purchased by Richard Gayner; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in April 1966
    GAC number
    7398