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George Arnald

1 of 2 portraits of George Arnald

George Arnald, by John Thomas Smith, circa 1830 - NPG 1967a - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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George Arnald

by John Thomas Smith
sepia and wash, circa 1830
13 1/2 in. x 9 in. (343 mm x 229 mm)
Purchased, 1922
Primary Collection
NPG 1967a


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  • George Arnald (1763-1841), Marine and landscape painter. Sitter in 2 portraits, Artist of 1 portrait.

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  • John Thomas Smith (1766-1833), Draughtsman and antiquary. Artist associated with 36 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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This charming study of George Arnald, the landscape painter, shows him at work in his studio on a Poussinesque landscape. Holding his mahlstick (used to steady the hand and keep it away from areas of wet paint), and wearing a painting cloak, Arnald sits on an adjustable stool and appears absorbed in his work. To the left is a large landscape, The Castle of Gloom, which also appears in Arnald's self-portrait of 1831. John Thomas Smith was an old friend of Arnald and used several of his views as illustrations to his Antiquities of Westminster (1807-10).

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