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General Phipps, Mrs Norton and 2nd Baron Alvanley at the theatre

2 of 4 portraits of William Arden, 2nd Baron Alvanley

General Phipps, Mrs Norton and 2nd Baron Alvanley at the theatre, by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, circa 1834-1835 - NPG 4918 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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General Phipps, Mrs Norton and 2nd Baron Alvanley at the theatre

by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
pen and wash, circa 1834-1835
7 1/4 in. x 8 7/8 in. (184 mm x 225 mm)
Purchased, 1972
Primary Collection
NPG 4918


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The emaciated figure of Edmund Phipps, Keeper of the Queen's Privy Purse and much involved in Landseer's royal commissions, stands to the left holding a programme and spectacles while the portly Baron Alvanley, a noted Regency buck and spendthrift, leans against a screen on the right. Mrs Caroline Norton - poet, novelist and society wit - sits between them wearing fashionable snake bandeaux in her hair.

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  • Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 390, 481, 619

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