© National Portrait Gallery, London
after Francis Bindon Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, (1742?)
48 7/8 in. x 39 1/2 in. (1242 mm x 1003 mm)
- Hugh Boulter (1672-1742), Archbishop of Armagh. Sitter in 5 portraits.
- Francis Bindon (circa 1690-1765), Portrait painter and architect. Artist associated with 7 portraits.
Conceivably an early copy of the portrait at Trinity College, Dublin, which was painted in 1742, apparently as a memorial to Boulter's charitable work during the famine of 1740-1. 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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