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Thomas Patch (1725-1782), Painter and engraver

Sitter associated with 3 portraits
Artist associated with 5 portraits
Thomas Patch forged a career for himself in Italy as an art dealer, painter and engraver, although he was the son of a doctor and was expected to become an apothecary. In 1747 he travelled to Rome, where he met Joshua Reynolds and worked in the studio of Joseph Vernet, producing pastiches of Vernet's work and his own views of Tivoli. In 1755 he was banished from Rome by the Papacy, accused of homosexual indiscretion. He went to Florence and began producing caricatures, usually of English Grand Tourists socialising. In most of these group paintings, Patch included himself as a sitter often in an ironic manner.

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Thomas Patch

attributed to Thomas Patch
watercolour and bodycolour on paper, circa 1745
NPG 4081


Thomas Patch

by Thomas Patch
etching, late 1760s
On display in Room 10 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6913


'Parody on the School of Athens'

by James Scott, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (1751)
NPG D16142