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Portrait of Charles and Captain John Sealy
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Portrait of Charles and Captain John Sealy


Tilly Kettle (1735-1786)

Oil on canvas

Depth: 6.5 cm ( frame ); Width: 163.6 cm ( frame ); Height: 253.2 cm ( frame ); Width: 142.5 cm ( canvas ); Height: 233.2 cm ( canvas );

Acquisition (source, method, date)
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 follow a tradition developed to show English gentlemen in their landed estates. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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