Thomas Oxenden as a boy of nine by Henry Gibbs

Thomas Oxenden was the son of Henry Oxenden of Barham, near Canterbury, and a member of an old Kent family whose property also included houses at Dene and Broome Park.


Oil on canvas
76.2 x 63.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£4,000 ( Total: £11,400)
Acquired in:
Historical Portraits/ Philip Mould

Thomas is mentioned in the voluminous correspondence of his father, now in the British Library and published as The Oxenden Letters in 1933. Henry Gibbs was a member of a family of artists working in Canterbury in the 17th century. In this portrait he depicts Thomas as a serious boy holding a book, dressed plainly in costume reflective of Puritan times and values.


Listed in sale catalogue of Oxenden family portraits (1870); Collection of Miss MB Slater (1930s); Royal Museum & Art Gallery, Canterbury (loan); Christie's (2006); Historical Portraits Ltd.

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The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge 18 High Street, CANTERBURY Kent CT1 2RA 01227 862162

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