Sir William Fawcett

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Sir William Fawcett, by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1784 - NPG 5515 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir William Fawcett

by Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, 1784
50 3/8 in. x 40 3/4 in. (1280 mm x 1035 mm)
Purchased, 1982
Primary Collection
NPG 5515


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  • Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1413 portraits, Sitter associated with 38 portraits.

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This portrait shows Fawcett in his lieutenant-general's uniform - red frock coat with blue lapels, silver trim and silver epaulettes. The heavy sky helps to highlight these colours. The accuracy of the costume was important to Fawcett. Although Reynolds displayed the portrait at the Royal Academy exhibition of 1785, Fawcett had the ribbon and the star of the Order of the Bath added after 1786 when he was awarded the honour.

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