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John Rose (1619–1677), the Royal Gardener, presenting a Pineapple to King Charles II (1630–1685) (after Henry Danckerts)

Thomas Stewart (1766 – c.1801)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

Oct 1787

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

927 x 1092 mm (36 ½ x 43 in)

Place of origin

England

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Collection

Ham House, Surrey (Accredited Museum)

NT 1139824

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, John Rose (1619–1677), the Royal Gardener, presenting a Pineapple to King Charles II (1630–1685) by Thomas Stewart (1766 – c.1801) (after Henry Danckerts), 1787. A full-length King Charles II standing right, turned slightly to left, facing, wearing the Star of the Garter, standing on a terrace while a gentleman (John Rose), left, presents him on bended knee with a pineapple. In the background is a formal garden and a large house. Two spaniels stand to left and right of the King. Thomas Stewart was born 19 October 1766, and would have been 20 years of age during the first part of October 1787. He entered the RA Schools in 1782, and exhibited portraits and history paintings at the RA between 1791–1801.

Provenance

Probably commissioned by Horace Walpole (1717-1797) in 1783 for presentation to his niece, Charlotte Walpole, Countess of Dysart (1738-89); in around 1820 catalogue and thence by descent until acquired in 1948 by HM Government when Sir Lyonel, 4th Bt (1854 – 1952) and Sir Cecil Tollemache, 5th Bt (1886 – 1969) presented Ham House to the National Trust, and entrusted to the care of the Victoria & Albert Museum, until 1990, when returned to the care of the National Trust, and to which ownership was transferred in 2002

Credit line

Ham House, The Dysart Collection (purchased by HM Government in 1948 and transferred to the National Trust in 2002)

Marks and inscriptions

Verso: Inscribed in ink on label, examined February 1998 by Maria Flemington, Collections Manager, Ham House: Charles 2nd and Rose his gardiner presenting to him the first Ananas raised in England copied by Thomas Stewart, aged 20 in October 1787, from the original by Dankers in the Collection of Mr Walpole at Strawberry Hill

Makers and roles

Thomas Stewart (1766 – c.1801), artist after Dutch School, artist

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