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Thomas Bardwell, 1704–1767
Formerly James Wills, active 1740–died 1777

A Notebook of Portrait Compositions

Former Title(s):

A Record of His Paintings

ca. 1730
Volume of fifty-four pen and ink and watercolor drawings on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper
Spine: 5 3/8 inches (13.7 cm), Overall: 5 3/8 × 3 3/4 × 1 inches (13.7 × 9.5 × 2.5 cm)

Inscribed on front endpaper in graphite: "Kneller"; in brown ink: "Black Turkey gilt | Leaves plain sides, Cut to | this size, & not pasted down | mind to place all even at | the Head, and let ym lie as they | now do."; inscribed on verso of front endpaper in graphite: "English Artist working c. 1730 | Record of his own work. | ? Rev. James Wills D. 1776"

Bookplate: NE OUBLIE | His Grace the Duke of Montrose &c.

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors-Sketchbooks
Prints and Drawings
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IIIF Manifest:

Created by Thomas Bardwell (1704-1767), the artist; probably acquired by William Henry van Nassau van Zuylestein, fourth Earl of Rochford (1717-1781); by descent to his nephew, William Henry Nassau de Zuylestein, fifth Earl of Rochford (1754-1830); bequest, to his half-grandnephew, William Alexander Archibald Hamilton, eleventh Duke of Hamilton (1811-1863); by descent to his son, William Douglas-Hamilton, twelfth Duke of Hamilton (1845-1895); by descent to his daughter, Lady Mary Louise Graham (née Douglas-Hamilton), Duchess of Montrose (1884-1957); …; acquired by Alan G. Thomas (1911-1992), 7a Wimborne Road, Bournemouth, England [a]; acquired by Paul Mellon (1907-1999), 1961; by whom given to the Yale Center for British Art, 1977.

[a] Ellen Miles, "A Notebook of Portrait Compositions by Thomas Bardwell, " The Volume of the Walpole Society 53 (1987): 181-92. http://www.jstor.org/stable/42581376 and https://search.library.yale.edu/catalog/469951

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