Christopher Smart

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Christopher Smart, by Unknown artist, circa 1745 - NPG 3780 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Christopher Smart

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, feigned oval, circa 1745
28 1/2 in. x 23 3/8 in. (724 mm x 594 mm)
Purchased, 1950
Primary Collection
NPG 3780


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The identity is traditional resting on its family provenance and on comparison with the portrait, generally accepted as representing Smart, at Pembroke College, Cambridge. It may be dated on appearance to c.1745. It is crude in quality and possibly the work of an amateur. More detailed information on this portrait is available in a National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, John Kerslake's Early Georgian Portraits (1977, out of print).

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