Jonathan Richardson 1667–1745
Mr Drake of Shardeloes
Pencil on vellum or parchment
180 x 140 mm
Inscribed in ink, on the paper on which the vellum drawing has been mounted, ‘Mr Drake of Charlos’; in pencil, on the reverse of the vellum, ‘Mr Drake / 28 Oct. 1734 / JR (monogram)’.
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
… ; acquired by A.P. Oppé, June 1925; by family descent until bought by Tate 1996.
If certainly identified, the young child represented here is William Drake (1723–1796), the eldest surviving son of Montague Garrard Drake, MP for Amersham and Buckinghamshire. In 1734, the date inscribed on the reverse of the drawing, William would have been only eleven years old but had inherited his father’s estate on the latter’s death in 1728. Documents among the Tyrwhitt-Drake papers in the Centre for Buckingham Studies show that he was under the guardianship of his mother Isabella, the daughter of Thomas Marshall, a London merchant, and his father’s executors…