Artist Unknown

Nathaniel Webb, Esq., of Roundhill Grange, Charlton Musgrove, Somerset

  • Gift of Sally Fox in memory of her father, John Jekyll Cuddon, 2007
  • Oil on canvas
  • 1265 x 1025mm
  • 2007/049
  • c. 1715

Nathaniel Webb, the subject of this striking 300-year-old portrait, was a Bristol merchant who – like many of his peers in this period – is known to have made a vast fortune through West Indies sugar and slavery.

Webb’s portrait was donated in 2007 by a direct descendant, in honour of her father John Jekyll Cuddon, a respected Christchurch chartered accountant. The painting came to New Zealand with Henry Joseph C. Jekyll, who immigrated to Canterbury in 1862, and in 1880 purchased a large parcel of farmland beyond the edges of Christchurch, naming it Dallington after an old family estate.

(Treasury: A Generous Legacy, 18 December 2015 – 27 November 2016)