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Bainbrigg Buckeridge (1668-1733), Poet, painter and first historian of British art

Sitter in 1 portrait
A poet, painter and friend of artists and writers, Buckeridge was also the author of An Essay towards an English-School of Painters, the earliest history of English painting. First published in 1706, it takes the form of a series of artistic biographies appended to Roger de Piles's The Art of Painting and the Lives of the Painters. It remains a key art-historical source. Buckeridge himself was a landscape and topographical artist, but none of his paintings are now known.

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Bainbrigg Buckeridge

by Michael Dahl
oil on canvas, feigned oval, 1696
On display in Room 8 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6521