John Hervey, 1st Earl of Bristol (1665-1751) as a Young Man (after Sir Godfrey Kneller)
Mrs Ann Howard (née Brown) (fl.1698-1720)
Oil painting on canvas, John Hervey, 1st Earl of Bristol (1665-1751) as a Young Man (after Sir Godfrey Kneller) by Mrs Ann Howard (née Brown) (fl.1698-1720), circa 1714. A three-quarter-length portrait of a young man, turned to the left, gazing at the spectator, Brown curly wig, brown eyes, fresh complexion. Loose white shirt, brown coat.Table on right, with ermine robe and earl’s coronet, Very dim background. (Similar to ICK/P/120 - J.417, Museum Room).
The core canvas was evidently copied (by Ann Brown/ Howard?) for John, 1st Earl of Bristol to give to his daughter, Anne (1707-1771), who died unmarried, so that it reverted to Ickworth; it was subsequently enlarged, to show the sitter’s enhanced status. It is not one of the copies recorded by the 1st Earl in his ‘Book of Expences’ (revealing once again how patchy those records are); inherited by Frederick William Hervey, 1st Marquess of Bristol (1769–1859) ( handwritten list of c.1837); thence by descent and inheritance to Frederick William, 4th Marquess of Bristol (1863-1951), recorded after the death of the 3rd Marquess (1834-1907), in the Catalogue of Paintings, 1907;on the death of the 4th Marquess (1863-1951), valued for probate; after which, accepted in lieu of tax by HM Treasury, and transferred to the National Trust in 1956
Ickworth, The Bristol Collection (acquired through the National Land Fund and transferred to The National Trust in 1956)
Makers and roles
Mrs Ann Howard (née Brown) (fl.1698-1720), artist after Sir Godfrey Kneller (Lübeck 1646/9 - London 1723), artist