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This is a full-length portrait of a kitchen porter, aged 71. He is standing in a park next to an outsized column, a basket on his arm, taking snuff. It is noted that he was 'deficient in intellect, defective in form'. There are two sets of servant portraits at Erddig and this is one of the first set. Individual portraits of servants are not uncommon, but the sets at Erddig, which established a tradition later carried on in the form of photographs, may be unique.
oil on canvas
H 114 x W 94 cm
gift from Philip Yorke III along with the estate, house and other contents, 1973