An Unknown Virtuoso or George, Admiral Lord Anson, but possibly Thomas Anson, MP (1695 - 1773)

manner of John Vanderbank the younger (London 1694 - London 1739)
National Trust Inventory Number 1271032

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date circa 1730
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 834 x 660 mm (34 x 26 in )
Place of origin
Collection Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire
On show at Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire, Midlands, National Trust

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, An Unknown Virtuoso or Admiral Sir George Anson, Baron Anson of Soberton (1697-1762) but possibly Thomas Anson, MP (1695 - 1773), in the manner of John Vanderbank the younger (1694-1773), English School, circa 1730. A half-length portrait, turned to the right, gazing at the spectator, wearing a dark blue-green velvet coat, white open shirt and red cap/turban, holding a piece of paper, inscribed: The WHOLE... (and pocket sundial?) [ANTE ROOM]


Bought by 3rd Lord Lichfield, 1895: 'Portrait of Commodore Anson in Turban painted wether before or just after his voyage round the world. I bought this picture 1898 for £5 from th ewidow of a man who had bought it about fifty years before at a nobleman's sale in Kent and described in the catalogue of that sale as Commodore Anson. The man offered it to me twenty yeaes ago for £50 (as being by Hogarth). I believe it is definitely Commodore Anson. It is extremely like the print of him which I have, engraved by Grignion and painted by Pond..."; transferred to the National Trust with Shugborough’s park and contents of the state rooms, in part-payment of death-duties to the Treasury, following the death of Thomas, 4th Earl of Lichfield (1883 - 1960)

Credit line

Shugborough, The Anson Collection (National Trust)

Makers and roles

manner of John Vanderbank the younger (London 1694 - London 1739), artist
British (English) School, artist

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Place of origin
Materials Canvas (10106)
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Category Art / Oil paintings (12615)
Collection Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire (3868)
Periods 18th century (87483)
Maker John Vanderbank the younger (London 1694 - London 1739) (54)
British (English) School (3779)
Subjects Thomas Anson, MP (1695-1773) (2)
Admiral Sir George Anson, Baron Anson of Soberton (1697-1762) (48)
Object Type Oil painting (14400)

Record Status


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