- Museum number
Portrait of Henry Gyles, the glass painter. c.1790s
Height: 173 millimetres
Width: 140 millimetres (platemark)
- Curator's comments
- Visual Analysis by Pauline Wholey 2019
P. OF HENRY GYLES
Trade cards such as this one of Henry Gyles often served as advertisements on their own by informing the viewer of the sitters skills and achievements. This trade card particularly informs the viewer of Gyle’s painting craftsmanship. Although he stares directly at the viewer, his gaze is not intimidating, but it is still dignified. The dark background causes one to focus on the shining, expensive materiality of his clothes as his wig establishes Gyles as one of higher class.
- Not on display
- Latest: 5 (Jul 1995)
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The Ilbert Collection of clocks, prints and other related material was destined to be sold at Christie's auction house on 6th-7th November 1958. As a result of the generous donation of funds by Gilbert Edgar CBE the sale was cancelled and the material purchased privately from the beneficiaries of the Ilbert Estate.
Ilbert's watches were then acquired with further funds from Gilbert Edgar CBE, public donations and government funds. These were then registered in the series 1958,1201.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: CAI.2732 (Ilbert Collection)