Thomas Pooley, English, 1646-1723
Title: Portrait of Sir Philip Perceval, 2nd Bt (1656-1680)
Date: c.1670-1674
Medium: Oil on canvas
76.2 x 63.5 cm
Credit Line: Purchased, 1996
Object Number: NGI.4626
Label TextThis is one of a set of portraits of the three Perceval brothers by Pooley, two of which are in the National Gallery of Ireland. The portraits may have been painted when the Percevals were students at Christchurch College Oxford. The fate of the brothers lends the portraits considerable poignancy. Robert, a gambler and duellist, was murdered in London aged just twenty, Philip was poisoned at the age of twenty-four, and John died of jail fever at twenty-six. Pooley came to Dublin in 1676 and became the principal Establishment painter for two decades.

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