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Tilly Kettle
Exquisite Pair of 18th Century Portraits by Tilly Kettle

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Tilly Kettle (1735-1786) Portrait of Gerard Anne Edwards (1732/3–1773) And Lady Jane Noel (1733-1811) Oil on Canvas, A Pair In Carved and Gilded wood frames 60 x 50 inches Approx framed Size 50 x 40 inches Unframed Tilly Kettle was born in London in 1735 and first started his life as a painter by training under his father who was a house painter. Later he developed his flair for more sensitive painting by studying at Shipley's Academy on the strand, the Academy in St Martin's Lane and the Duke of Richmond's Gallery of Casts. Kettle was quick to become a skilled hand and as young as in his twenties was producing dignified portraits which were influenced by the titan of portrait painters of their day Sir Joshua Reynolds. Kettle is perhaps most famous for his painting in India and was the first english portait painter there of consequence. He embarked on a six month voyage to Madras in 1768 and fell in love with the city's white sand and sparkling sea. Whilst on his visitation to India that spanned seven years he painted many great figures of Georgian India including the great Muhammad Ali Khan as well as Warren Hastings, Governor-General of India and Sir Elijah Impey the First Chief Justice of there Supreme court. Although Kettle returned to England, the east had seeped into his bones and he longed to return so he did in 1786. This time however he decided to take the harder route to India by foot. Little is known of his whereabouts of this journey but we do know he reached Aleppo in July, where he painted a portrait of a Turkish Janissary of the English Factory in Aleppo which was sadly his last known picture. Kettle died in Aleppo and never made it to India for the second time. Gerard Anne Edwards (1732/3–1773) of Welham Grove, Leicestershire, was the son of Lord Anne Hamilton (1709–1748; third son of James, 4th Duke of Hamilton & 1st Duke of Brandon) and the thoroughly level-headed, but self-protective heiress, Mary Edwards (1704/5–1743) of Kensington, who repudiated her marriage and had the child baptized as the son of a single woman. After discovering her husband had used her name to steal shares from her. He was later known as ‘Handsome Edwards’ and married Lady Jane Noel, second daughter of Baptist Noel, 4th Earl of Gainsborough of the first creation who is the pendant in this pair of portraits. Their only son, Gerard Noel Edwards, succeeded to the Hicks and Noel estates on the death of the 6th & last Earl of Gainsborough of the first creation in 1798, and, by special remainder, to his father-in-law, Admiral Lord Barham’s baronetcy, and took his mother’s name, thus becoming Sir Gerard Noel Noel, 2nd Bt (1759–1838). His eldest son, Charles Noel, by his first marriage, was in 1841 made 1st Earl of Gainsborough of the second creation.

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    Tilly Kettle (1735 - 1786, English)
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    Height: 60 in. (152.4 cm)Width: 50 in. (127 cm)
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    London, GB
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    1stDibs: LU67338061122

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