An Unknown Young Man

Charles Jervas (Dublin 1675 – London 1739)
National Trust Inventory Number 884981

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date circa 1720 - 1730
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 762 x 635 mm (30 x 25 in)
Place of origin
Collection Lanhydrock, Cornwall (Accredited Museum)
On show at Lanhydrock, Cornwall, South West, National Trust

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, An Unknown Young Man, attributed to Charles Jervas (Dublin 1675 – London 1739), circa 1720/30. A bust-length portrait of a youth in a painted oval, turned to the left, facing back to the viewer. The sitter was previously thought to be either Russell Robartes (d.1718) or John Robartes (1658-1774), brothers of the 2nd Earl of Radnor. He has a long wig and wears a brown coat with a white stock.


by descent, until given by Gerald, 7th Viscount Clifden (1883-1966), with the transfer of the house to the National Trust in 1953

Credit line

Lanhydrock, The Robartes Collection (The National Trust)

Marks and inscriptions

On the verso, in ink, on an oldish label on the back of the stretcher: Lord Robartes
On the back of the frame, on a label: Harris[?] & Sons, The Devon and Cornwall Gallery, Plymouth, Frame No.: 1480 [?]

Makers and roles

Charles Jervas (Dublin 1675 – London 1739), artist
attributed to Charles Jervas (Dublin 1675 – London 1739), artist
British (English) School, artist
previously catalogued as school of Sir Godfrey Kneller (Lübeck 1646/9 - London 1723), artist
previously catalogued as school of Sir Peter Lely (Soest 1618 – London 1680), artist


Lanhydrock House, Cornwall. Pictures [undated typescript, circa 1954], On the Oak Staircase

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Collection Lanhydrock, Cornwall (Accredited Museum) (18068)
Periods 18th century (51495)
Maker Charles Jervas (Dublin 1675 – London 1739) (42)
British (English) School (2613)
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