Joseph Greenway

Born in Devon, the sitter amassed a fortune as captain of a Danish East Indiaman and acquired Danish citizenship in 1785. He was Sheriff of Exeter from 1802 to 1803 and Mayor from 1804 to 1805. In 1821 however, he is recorded as bankrupt and dead.

The background of the painting is said to represent an estate north of Copenhagen which belonged to a friend of the sitter.

Key facts

Artist dates
1745 - 1802
Full title
Joseph Greenway
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
79.8 x 99.1 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Presented according to the wish of Mrs Maud M. Greenway, 1963
Inventory number
Location in Gallery