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.
Bequest of Lady Sarita Enriqueta Vansittart (d.1985)
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attributed to Tilly Kettle (Exeter 1735 – Aleppo 1786), artist