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Joseph Farington (1747-1821), Landscape painter and diarist

Sitter in 5 portraits
Educated in Manchester, Farington went to London in 1763 to train in the studio of Richard Wilson. In the next three years he won premiums for landscape drawing from the Society of Artists, of which he became a member in 1765. Farington joined the Royal Academy at its inception in 1769, was elected an associate in 1783 and an academician two years later. He contributed yearly to exhibitions until 1801, then intermittently until 1813. Although he never held a major post within the academy, he played an active role in its affairs. He was on many of the special committees which refined policies, among them the influential hanging committee which regulated the placing of works in the summer exhibitions.

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Joseph Farington

by James Nixon
watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, 1765
On display in Room 14 at the National Portrait Gallery
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D13085

'Titianus Redivivus; - or - the seven-wise-men consulting the new Venetian oracle'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 2 November 1797
NPG D13085

D10716

Royal Academicians

by Charles Bestland, after Henry Singleton
stipple engraving, published 1802 (1795)
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D36021

Key to Royal Academicians

by Charles Bestland, after Henry Singleton
stipple engraving, published 1802 (1795)
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D17553

Joseph Farington

by Henry Bone, after John Opie
pencil drawing squared in pencil for transfer, 1794 (1793-1794)
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