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Portrait of a Young Man

Attributed to Charles Jervas
(1675 - 1739)
Portrait of a Young Man

Oil on canvas
30 by 25 inches (76.2 x 63.5 cm.)

Provenance: Christies, London, 1918

Private Collection, Seattle


When this painting was sold at Christies, London in 1918 it was attributed to Sir Godfrey Kneller (c. 1646-1723). Charles Jervas was born in Dublin. From 1694-1695 he was Kneller’s pupil and assistant in London. In 1709 after traveling abroad for several years, he returned to England and built up a successful practice as a fashionable portrait painter. He painted portraits of a number of his intellectual friends, including Jonathan Swift and Alexander Pope. In 1723, Jervas succeeded Kneller as principal painter to King George III and retained the position under George II.