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.
Thomas Oxenden as a boy of nine by Henry Gibbs, 1643
© The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge
- 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.