Jack Nicholas (b. 1720), Kitchen Porter, aged 71
John Walters of Denbigh (1721 - 1797)
Oil painting on canvas, Jack Nicholas (b. 1720), Kitchen Porter, aged 71 by John Walters (1721-1797), 1791, with long inscription of 30 lines of verse on base of column:...... A full-length portrait, aged 71 in 1791, standing in a park next to an outsized column, a basket on his arm, taking snuff. He was 'deficient in intellect, defective in form'.
Commissioned by Philip Yorke I (1743 - 1804) and thence by descent;given by Philip Yorke III (1905 – 1978) along with the estate, house and contents to the National Trust in 1973
Erddig, The Yorke Collection (National Trust)
Marks and inscriptions
Recto: With 30 lines of verse on the plinth. Dated 1791
Makers and roles
John Walters of Denbigh (1721 - 1797), artist
Yorke, 1802: Crude-ditties by PhilipYorke, 1802 Steegman 1957 John Steegman, A Survey of Portraits in Welsh Houses, Vol.I: North Wales, Cardiff, 1957, pp.97-98 Waterson, 1980: Merlin Waterson, The Servants' Hall. A Domestic History of Erddig, Routledge & Kegan 1980, pp. 99-101 & fig. 58 Erddig, Clwyd: 1995 [The National Trust] 1995, p.41-2.