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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

35 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, (circa 1741)
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4982

Sir Joshua Reynolds, by Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG 41

Sir Joshua Reynolds

by Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, circa 1747-1749
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 41

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

Samuel Johnson, by Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG 1597

Samuel Johnson

by Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, 1756-1757
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1597

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

Kitty Fisher, by Nathaniel Hone - NPG 2354

Kitty Fisher

by Nathaniel Hone
oil on canvas, 1765
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2354

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

James Barry; Dominique Lefevre; James Paine the Younger, by James Barry - NPG 213

James Barry; Dominique Lefevre; James Paine the Younger

by James Barry
oil on canvas, circa 1767
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 213

Oliver Goldsmith, studio of Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG 130

Oliver Goldsmith

studio of Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, circa 1770 or after
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 130

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

Capability Brown, after Nathaniel Dance (later Sir Nathaniel Holland, Bt) - NPG 1490

Capability Brown

after Nathaniel Dance (later Sir Nathaniel Holland, Bt)
oil on canvas, (circa 1773)
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1490

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

Agostino Carlini; Francesco Bartolozzi; Giovanni Battista Cipriani, by John Francis Rigaud - NPG 3186

Agostino Carlini; Francesco Bartolozzi; Giovanni Battista Cipriani

by John Francis Rigaud
oil on canvas, 1777
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3186

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

The Sharp Family, by Johan Joseph Zoffany - NPG L169

The Sharp Family

by Johan Joseph Zoffany
oil on canvas, 1779-1781
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L169

George Stubbs, by George Stubbs - NPG 4575

George Stubbs

by George Stubbs
enamel on Wedgwood plaque, 1781
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4575

Sir William Chambers; Joseph Wilton; Sir Joshua Reynolds, by John Francis Rigaud - NPG 987

Sir William Chambers; Joseph Wilton; Sir Joshua Reynolds

by John Francis Rigaud
oil on canvas, 1782
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 987

Joseph Wright, by Joseph Wright - NPG 4090

Joseph Wright

by Joseph Wright
oil on canvas, circa 1782-1785
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4090

William (Thomas) Beckford, by Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG 5340

William (Thomas) Beckford

by Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, 1782
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5340

Frances d'Arblay ('Fanny Burney'), by Edward Francisco Burney - NPG 2634

Frances d'Arblay ('Fanny Burney')

by Edward Francisco Burney
oil on canvas, circa 1784-1785
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2634

James Boswell, by Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG 4452

James Boswell

by Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, 1785
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4452

Hester Lynch Piozzi (née Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale), by Unknown Italian artist - NPG 4942

Hester Lynch Piozzi (née Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale)

by Unknown Italian artist
oil on canvas, 1785-1786
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4942

Chevalier d'Eon, by Thomas Stewart, after  Jean Laurent Mosnier - NPG 6937

Chevalier d'Eon

by Thomas Stewart, after Jean Laurent Mosnier
oil on canvas, 1792
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6937

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) ('Mrs Siddons with the Emblems of Tragedy'), by Sir William Beechey - NPG 5159

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) ('Mrs Siddons with the Emblems of Tragedy')

by Sir William Beechey
oil on canvas, 1793
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5159

Wilhelm Cramer, by Thomas Hardy - NPG 6198

Wilhelm Cramer

by Thomas Hardy
oil on canvas, 1794
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6198

Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg, by Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg - NPG 2493

Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg

by Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg
oil on canvas, 1805-1810
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2493