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Portrait of Jacob Butler: 4203

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Portrait of Jacob Butler


Printmaker: Tyson, Michael
Designer: attributed to




Drawing in pen and ink with grey wash on cream laid paper. Portrait of local Cambridge barrister, Jacob Butler (1681-1765), half-length in profile to the left, with shoulder-length hair and wearing a wide-brimmed tricorn hat pulled down low and Judicial bands at the neck. Two books are stacked on a ledge to the left with a third open on top. Drawn at upper right: 'Rembrant / D: 1630'. Contained within a double-edged pen and ink border, the inner border heavily inked. A handwritten inscription in pen and ink within the image at upper centre: 'This is Mr _Tyson's_ _original_ Drawing.'. A second inscription in pen and ink, between inner and outer border at lower centre: 'Jacob Butler Counsellor at Law Cambridge'. An inscription in a curatorial hand on the verso of the artist's board onto which this drawing is laid down indicates that this is a transcription from the verso of the object and adds: '(in Dr. Barnes writing)'. 'Dr. Barnes' is probably a reference to Francis Barnes (1744-1838), who was Master of Peterhouse and later Vice-Chancellor of the University. This drawing, attributed to Tyson, relates to etched portraits of Butler made by Tyson and others. See P.14848-R, which most closely resembles it and also P.14847-R. A modern inscription in graphite on the board onto which this drawing is laid down queries the attribution of this drawing to Tyson: '?drawn from the etching by another hand'.

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Acquisition and important dates

by unknown


18th Century
Circa 1759 - Circa 1775


Height 205mm x width 180mm

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Techniques used in production

Pen and ink

Identification numbers

Accession number: 4203
Primary reference Number: 225468
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Audit data

Created: Wednesday 5 September 2018 Updated: Monday 7 January 2019 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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