Algernon Seymour, 7th Duke of Somerset (1684-1750)
John Vanderbank the younger (London 1694 - London 1739)
Vanderbank was an English portrait painter and book illustrator, who enjoyed a high reputation for a short while during the reign of King George I, but who died relatively young due to an intemperate and extravagant lifestyle.The 7th Duke briefly owned Petworth after the death of his father, the 6th Duke in 1784. When he died in 1750 his property was split between his three co-heirs: the 2nd Earl of Egremont, the future 1st Duke of Northumberland and the 8th Duke of Somerset.
Oil painting on canvas, Algernon Seymour, 7th Duke of Somerset (1684-1750) by John Vanderbank the younger (London 1694 - London 1739), inscribed bottom right: Algernon Seymour / .......... , 1690s. A three-quarter-length portrait of a young man, standing, full face, with his right hand pointing down to the left; he is wearing a green-blue coat with a rose mantle. He succeeded as 1st Earl of Northumberland and Earl of Egremont in 1749, and in 1748 as 7th Duke of Somerset.
Possibly at Petworth in 1764 and definitely recorded as being at Petworth in 1775. By descent to the current Lord Egremont. On loan from the Egremont Private Collection
Petworth House, The Egremont Collection
Marks and inscriptions
Algernon Seymour (bottom right)
Makers and roles
John Vanderbank the younger (London 1694 - London 1739), artist previously catalogued as attributed to Sir Godfrey Kneller (Lübeck 1646/9 - London 1723), artist previously catalogued as attributed to Charles Jervas (Dublin 1675 – London 1739), artist