John Kay of Bury

Made:
1750-1759 in United Kingdom
artist:
Unattributed
Painting. [John Kay of Bury (1704-1762)]  /  175-?  Oil on canvas; image sight size 11.5x9.5"/28.5x24.5cm oval; back

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Painting. [John Kay of Bury (1704-1762)] / 175-? Oil on canvas; image sight size 11.5x9.5"/28.5x24.5cm oval; back
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Portrait of John Kay of Bury (1704-1762), unattributed, 1750s. Oil on canvas in an oval in gilt frame. Kay appears head and shoulders, slightly to the right, facing front, wearing a tricorn hat, curly wig and open jacket. Light brown background.

This portrait formed part of the Bennet Woodcroft Bequest, which was among the founding collections of the Science Museum. Woodcroft had developed a 'National Gallery of Portraits of Inventors, Discoverers and Introducers of the Useful Arts’ combining gifts, loans and purchases of portraits, while acting as the first curator of the Patent Museum.

An engraving of this portrait was made by Thomas Oldham Barlow in 1862 and included in the Portfolio of 'Portraits of Inventors of Machines for the Manufacture of Textile Fabrics with Memoirs' published by Thomas Agnew & Sons with an introduction by Woodcroft in 1862 (see 1980-840). Text under the print lists the portrait as 'from the original picture left by the late Lieut. Col. Sutcliffe' in Woodcroft's collection.

Details

Category:
Art
Object Number:
1903-232
Measurements:
frame [oval]: 410 mm x 365 mm x 45 mm,
image [sight]: 285 mm x 245 mm
type:
portrait
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • visual and verbal communication
  • oil painting - visual work
credit:
Woodcroft Collection