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Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery

The Arts in the later 18th Century

Room 12This large room covers a rich period in British arts. At one end of the room there are two triple portraits of leading figures of the Royal Academy, marking the creation of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1768. The two long walls are dominated by a full-length portrait of George Frideric Handel and David and Eva Maria Garrick and a full-length portrait of Sarah Siddons on the wall opposite. There are numerous self-portraits by the most famous artists of the day, including Ramsay, Gainsborough, Wright of Derby, Barry and Mary Moser.

Room introduction

34 portraits on display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery

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Alexander Pope, by John Michael Rysbrack - NPG 5854

Alexander Pope

by John Michael Rysbrack
marble bust, 1730
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5854

Allan Ramsay, by Allan Ramsay - NPG 3311

Allan Ramsay

by Allan Ramsay
oil on canvas, circa 1737-1739
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3311

Isaac Ware, after Louis François Roubiliac - NPG 4982

Isaac Ware

after Louis François Roubiliac
marble bust, based on a work of circa 1741
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4982

Joseph Wilton, by Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG 4810

Joseph Wilton

by Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, 1752
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4810

Peg Woffington, by John Lewis - NPG 5729

Peg Woffington

by John Lewis
oil on canvas, feigned oval, 1753
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5729

George Frideric Handel, by Thomas Hudson - NPG 3970

George Frideric Handel

by Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, 1756
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3970

Horace Walpole, by Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG 6520

Horace Walpole

by Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, circa 1756-1757
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6520

Thomas Gainsborough, by Thomas Gainsborough - NPG 4446

Thomas Gainsborough

by Thomas Gainsborough
oil on canvas, circa 1758-1759
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4446

Laurence Sterne, by Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG 5019

Laurence Sterne

by Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, 1760
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5019

Laurence Sterne, by Joseph Nollekens - NPG 1891

Laurence Sterne

by Joseph Nollekens
marble bust, circa 1766
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1891

Robert Adam, attributed to George Willison - NPG 2953

Robert Adam

attributed to George Willison
oil on canvas, circa 1770-1774
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2953

Angelica Kauffmann, by Angelica Kauffmann - NPG 430

Angelica Kauffmann

by Angelica Kauffmann
oil on canvas, circa 1770-1775
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 430

Mary Moser, by George Romney - NPG 6641

Mary Moser

by George Romney
oil on canvas, circa 1770-1771
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6641

David Garrick; Eva Maria Garrick (née Veigel), by Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG 5375

David Garrick; Eva Maria Garrick (née Veigel)

by Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, 1772-1773
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5375

John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, by Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG 3938

John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute

by Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, 1773
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3938

Richard Cumberland, by George Romney - NPG 19

Richard Cumberland

by George Romney
oil on canvas, circa 1776
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 19

Frederick Augustus Hervey, 4th Earl of Bristol, by Christopher Hewetson - NPG 3895

Frederick Augustus Hervey, 4th Earl of Bristol

by Christopher Hewetson
marble bust, circa 1778
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3895

George Colman the Elder, by Thomas Gainsborough - NPG 59

George Colman the Elder

by Thomas Gainsborough
oil on canvas, circa 1778
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 59