London, South Kensington
4 March 2004
Circle of Sir Godfrey Kneller (1646-1723)
Portrait of John Morley (1656-1732), three-quarter-length, in a light brown jacket, holding a quill pen in his right hand
inscribed 'John Morley aged 65' (upper right)
oil on canvas
48 x 37½ in. (121.9 x 95.2 cm.)
By descent from the sitter to Mr and Mrs Pleydell-Bouverie.
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John 'Merchant Morley' (1656-1732) was the son of a butcher and self-made land agent whose clients included the Earl of Oxford. he was derided by Swift as 'a rascal butcher and knave', but was a close friend of Pope to whom he sent oysters.
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