The sitter's identity is traditional and unverified. Banks Fee is near Stow-on-the-Wold in Gloucestershire and was bought by John Scott in 1753. A 'Mr Scott' was recorded by Charles Burney in 1770 as being in Rome, but it is not known if he is the same person as the sitter. He wears a coat of blue silk lined with sable, and a formal wig.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1708 - 1787
Full title
Portrait of John Scott (?) of Banks Fee
Date made
1774
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
101.3 x 74 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated and inscribed
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Mrs E.M.E. Commeline in memory of her husband Col. C.E. Commeline, RE, 1960
Inventory number
NG6308
Location in Gallery