Portrait of a Lady
Portrait of a Lady
Portrait of a Lady


Portrait of a Lady

1739 England

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Portrait of a Lady, three-quarter length, seated in a landscape wearing a white silk gown and pink cloak. Signed and dated 'Jn Vanderbank fecit 1739'. Oil on canvas.

John Vanderbank (1694-1739) was born in London, the eldest son of John Vanderbank Senior who was the owner of the Soho Tapestry Manufactory. He was one of the first students at Godfrey Kneller's academy, later taken over by Sir James Thornhill. In 1720 Vanderbank opened his own academy with Louis Chéron, holding life classes with both male and female models, but in 1724 fled to France to avoid debtors prison. George Vertue (Vertue, notebooks, 3.98) noted that 'he liv'd very extravagantly, keeping a chariot horses a mistress drinking and country house a purpose for her'. In Vertue's opinion, (Vertue, notebooks, 5.98) after Kneller's death, Vanderbank could have been the leading portrait painter of his day had he not lived so extravagantly. Vanderbank's portraits are distinguished by his rich use of colour, particularly in the flesh tones. His sitters included Sir Isaac Newton (1725, RSA and Trinity College, Cambridge) and Queen Charlotte (1736, Goodwood House, Sussex) and he was also commissioned to illustrate 'Don Quixote' by publishers J and R Tonson in the original Spanish which appeared in 1738 with sixty-eight plates after Vanderbank. Vanderbank died in December 1739, aged forty-five.
Very good
Private collection, Paris until 2016.
Property of art dealer Eugene Benjamin of New Bond Street, London when sold in 1898, 23rd-25th November 1898, lot 552, sold to 'Solomon'.
E. Waterhouse, 'Painting in Britain, 1530-1790', P. 125.
Height 127.00 cm (50.00 inches)
Width 102.00 cm (40.16 inches)
Stock Code
Oil on canvas in a giltwood frame
'Jn Vanderbank fecit 1739'
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