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Anthony Leigh


Oil on canvas



Dominic : The Spanish Fryar; or The Double Discovery


Kneller, Godfrey Bt (Sir) [ Copy after ]


Height: 125.7cm
Width: 100.3cm


"Anthony Leigh"


Thomas Harris; Harris sale, Robins 12 July 1819 (48) (?); Charles Mathews

Other number

Mathews 107

Exhibition history

1833 London, Queen's Bazaar, Oxford Street, "Mr Mathews's Gallery of Theatrical Portraits" (107)

Related works

Original NPG 1280, oil on canvas 231.8 x 142.2 s. & d: 1689 (full-length, holding box in left hand) prov: Earl of Dorset; Earl of Godolphin; Godolphin sale, Christie's ? 1803 (63); Thomas Harris; Harris sale, Robins 12 July 1819 (48); Mrs Charles James Wylie

Engraving history

John Smith sold J. Smith, mezzotint 39.7 x 24.8 [see PM0107]

In Act II, scene 3, "a Chamber with table and wine set out," Father Dominic, the Spanish Friar, is offered money by Lorenzo, who claims that it is the fulfillment of a vow to St Dominic, whose spirit protected him in a recent battle. In fact, Lorenzo succeeeds in bribing Father Dominic to get him into the presence of Elvira, the wife of Gomez, whom he loves. The priest is her confessor. Father Dominic wears a brown habit, and presumably fingers Lorenzo's bribe in the silver box held in his left hand.
The NPG version is a picture of much higher quality than G0417, which may be by Ranelagh Barret. This copy was mentioned by Vertue in his notebooks, 1746. (“Vertue Notebooks”, Walpole Society [1947], 22: 131). The Harris sale catalogue dates the picture 1689, suggesting that it was the signed and dated version now in the NPG. Dryden's comedy was first performed at the Dorset Garden Theatre on 8 March 1680.
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