John Horne Tooke (1736–1812)

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Three-quarter length portrait of politician and philologist, John Horne Tooke. The subject wears a grey jacket, waistcoat and breeches. He is seated facing the viewer, with his body turned to the right. Tooke holds the winged helmet of Mercury in both hands, and his left arm rests against a classical bust. To his right, a wand (Caduceus) in visible in the bottom right corner, and he sits against a dark indistinct background.

Manchester Art Gallery



John Horne Tooke (1736–1812)




oil on canvas


H 126.5 x W 102.7 cm

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purchased from Shepherd Bros, 1913

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