Portrait of Charles and Captain John Sealy
Tilly Kettle (1735-1786)
Oil on canvas
Height: 233.2 cm ( canvas ); Width: 142.5 cm ( canvas ); Height: 253.2 cm ( frame ); Width: 163.6 cm ( frame ); Depth: 6.5 cm ( frame );
Lee of Fareham, Arthur Hamilton (1st Viscount); bequest; 1947
About this work
This portrait was painted in Calcutta in 1773, where Charles (on the left) was Registrar of the Mayor’s Court. His brother John was Captain of the Northington (a ship trading with the East Indies). Tilly Kettle was the first professional British artist to establish himself in India.
Despite the distant palm trees, the pose and format of the portrait follows a tradition developed to show English gentlemen in their landed estates.
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