Colonel, The Hon. John Russell (1620-1681)
||Oil on canvas
||2180 x 1320 mm
|Place of origin
The sitter was the third son of Francis, 4th Earl of Bedford and the Hon. Catherine Chandos. He was a leading Royalist commander in the Civil War, and a conspirator (for which he was imprisoned) under the Protectorate. At the Restoration, in November 1660, he raised, and commanded for some 21 years, a regiment of foot-guards for Charles II, which later became the Grenadier Guards. He sold the command of this for 5,000 guineas.
The picture was previously attributed to Lely.
Oil painting on canvas, Colonel The Hon. John Russell (1620-1681) attributed to Johann Kerseboom (fl.1680 - d.London 1708) . Portrait of an aged man, full length, standing to right in a landscape with a dog, his right hand on his hip, his left held out; he wears a long brown surcoat with lace cravat, scarlet and gold sash, embroidered sleeves and white cuffs; in the background an army under review.
Seen by Horace Walpole in 1760;
Marks and inscriptions
bottom left Lord Russell
Makers and roles
attributed to Johann Kerseboom (fl.1680 - London 1708) , artist
Walpole 1927-28 Paget Toynbee (ed.), 'Horace Walpole's Journals of Visits to Country Seats, etc.', 1760-62, Walpole Society XVI, 1927 -28 pp. 9-80, p.29, 1760 Chatsworth: