John Gay

ATTRIBUTED WILLEM VERELST (worked c.1734-1752)

Dimensions

Height - 13.00inch (33.02cm)
Width - 10.50inch (26.67cm)
Framed Height - 20.50inch (52.07cm)
Framed Width - 18.00inch (45.72cm)

Description

John Gay
WILLEM VERELST

Period

1720

Literature

7872P

PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN
WEARING A BROWN COAT AND BLUE CAP
BELIEVED TO BE JOHN GAY (1685-1732)

ATTRIBUTED TO WILLEM VERELST

Flourished c.1734 -1752
Oil on canvas 13 x 10 ½ inches
Framed size 20 ½ x 18 inches

Willem Verelst was born in London, the son and pupil of John Verelst and Ann Tureng. The Verelst’s were an illustrious family of Dutch emegre painters. His grandfather, Harman, was in the service of the Emperor in Vienna, but emigrated to London in 1683.
Willem Verelst painted portraits and conversation pieces both life size and Devis small scale. He is considered to have been the best portraitist of the family, but his small scale portraits are rarer.
His brother Simon was the most famous flower painter of his time.

Willem died at St Christopher le Stocks, London in 1752.

Works Represented: National Portrait Gallery, London; Elevethan Hall; Hatfield House; Leslie House, Fife; Garrick Club.

Bibl: Portrait Painters - B. Stewart & M. Cutten
British 18th Century Painters - Ellis Waterhouse

John Gay (30 June 1685-4 December 1732) was one of England’s most celebrated poets and dramatists. He was a member of the Scriblerus Club. He is best remembered for The Beggar's Opera (1728), a ballad opera. The characters, including Captain Macheath and Polly Peachum, became household names.

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