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    Image number: RS.9702
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    Portrait of Spencer Compton

    ca. 1845
    Spencer Joshua Alwyne Compton, 2nd Marquess of Northampton (1790 - 1851, British) , Patron of science
    Thomas Phillips (1770 - 1845, British) , Painter
    Henry Wyndham Phillips (1820 - 1868, British) , Painter
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    height (painting): 1282mm
    width (painting): 1027mm
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    Half-length portrait of Spencer Compton, standing, half-turned to the left as viewed. Northampton’s right hand is holding an upright paper-bound book on a table covered with a red patterned cloth and papers. In his left hand he holds spectacles [?] hanging from his neck by a black ribbon. Northampton wears a black coat over a black suit, with a white, high collared shirt and tie. On a chair behind and to the right as viewed, his ermine robes have been casually thrown over a chair. To the left is an architectural pillar with a landscape beyond it.

    Spencer Joshua Alwyne Compton, 2nd Marquess of Northampton (1790 - 1851), British patron of science, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1830. He served as the Society's President from 1838-1848.
    Object history
    Presented by the sitter, c.1849.

    The purchase is recorded in the annual printed list of presents in Philosophical Transactions in which the work is attributed to Thomas Phillips. [“Presents received by the Royal Society, with the names of the donors. From November 1848 to June 1849.” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, vol. 139 (1849), supplement, p.13]. However, a print of the work by William Walker, published on 25 November 1848 in the Society’s colections.. “Engraved by Wm. Walker from a Picture by the late T.Phillips R.A. & Henry W.Phillips.” This may refer to another copy of the original painting, but may imply that the work was painted in part, or completed by Henry Wyndham Phillips (1820-1868) after his father’s death. If so, this would effectively date the picture. [Mezzotint, “Spencer-Joshua-Alwyne Compton...”, by William Walker (1791-1867) English engraver, 25 November 1848, Royal Society large engravings, IM/003345].
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