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Unknown man, formerly known as Ralph Allen

1 of 5 portraits of Ralph Allen

Unknown man, formerly known as Ralph Allen, by Unknown artist, circa 1730 - NPG 1580 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Unknown man, formerly known as Ralph Allen

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, circa 1730
17 1/4 in. x 13 1/2 in. (438 mm x 343 mm)
Given by Alfred Jones, 1910
Primary Collection
NPG 1580


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  • Ralph Allen (1694-1763), Philanthropist; known as 'The Man of Bath'. Sitter associated with 5 portraits.

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The features of this portrait compare fairly well with authentic portraits of Ralph Allen but are not entirely conclusive. The looped wig-end and cravat tucked through the buttonhole suggest a date of about 1730. 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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