Sir Edward Wortley Montagu (1678-1761) politician and diplomat; Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire 1716-18

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Turkey
    City: Ankara
    Place: British Embassy
  • 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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    People
    Montagu, Sir Edward Wortley
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    Materials & Techniques
    canvas, oil, oil painting
  • Details
    Title
    Sir Edward Wortley Montagu (1678-1761) politician and diplomat; Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire 1716-18
    Date
    1730
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 124.00 cm, width: 99.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Christie's, 5 July 1949
    Inscription
    bl: Edward Wortley Montague / Ambassador at Constantinople / 1730
    Provenance
    Collection of Montagu Henry Edmund Cecil Towneley-Bertie, 13th Earl of Lindsey and 8th Earl of Abingdon (1887-1963) and Elizabeth Valetta Towneley-Bertie, Countess of Abingdon, of Highcliffe Castle, Dorset; by whom sold through Christie’s, London, on 7 July 1949, ‘Contents of Highcliffe Castle’ sale (Lot 803), as ‘attributed to Vanmour’; from which sale purchased by ‘Walker’ (Richard Walker) on behalf of the Ministry of Works
    GAC number
    802