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Henry Vansittart (1732-1770), Govenor of Bengal

attributed to Tilly Kettle (Exeter 1735 – Aleppo 1786)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

circa 1750 - circa 1760

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

1219 x 991 mm (48 x 39 in)

Place of origin

England

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Collection

Lyme, Cheshire (Accredited Museum)

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NT 499979

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, Henry Vansittart (1732-1770), Govenor of Bengal, attributed to Tilly Kettle (Exeter 1735 – Aleppo 1786), circa 1750-60. A three-quarter-length portrait of a young man, standing, turned slightly to the right, leaning against a pedestal on the right and gazing at the spectator, in grey frizzed hair (wig?) wearing a beige coat with cuffs and pocket flaps and with matching waistcoat; white lace neckcloth and ruff to the shirtsleeves. There is a fluted column on the pedestal on which he leans, the upper part of which is concealed by a crimson drape. In his gloved left hand he holds a matching beige glove and in his right a black tricorne hat. Behind him to the left, a landscape of trees and a temple. Henry Vansittart was Governor of Bengal 1750-1764. Tilly Kettle, on the other hand, was only just starting up as a portrait painter for the Society of Artists in 1764/65, igoing forst to Madras in 1768 and was not in Calcutta until 1771, after the sitter's death.

Provenance

Bequest of Lady Sarita Enriqueta Vansittart (d.1985)

Makers and roles

attributed to Tilly Kettle (Exeter 1735 – Aleppo 1786), artist

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