Captain John Bentinck (1737–1775), and His Son, William Bentinck (1764–1813)

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A double full-length portrait showing the Captain seated on the left facing right in captain's full-dress uniform, over three years, 1774–1787, and a grey wig. William, his son, is standing facing left towards his father, in the uniform of the Naval Academy at Portsmouth, holding a model yacht. They are shown in the captain's cabin of the 'Centaur', 74 guns, which was the guardship at Portsmouth. On a table to the left, John Bentinck's right arm rests on a pile of books and plans, which denote his various mechanical inventions, and he holds a rolled-up plan in his right hand. He improved the design for the chain pump which bore his name and also of pulley blocks, one of which is shown in the painting next to the sleeping spaniel, curled under the table.

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Captain John Bentinck (1737–1775), and His Son, William Bentinck (1764–1813)




oil on canvas


H 197 x W 242.5 cm

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