Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington and 4th Earl of Cork

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Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington and 4th Earl of Cork, by Jonathan Richardson, circa 1717-1719 - NPG 4818 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington and 4th Earl of Cork

by Jonathan Richardson
oil on canvas, circa 1717-1719
57 1/2 in. x 46 in. (1461 mm x 1165 mm)
Purchased with help from the Art Fund and Dr D.M. McDonald, 1970
Primary Collection
NPG 4818

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  • Jonathan Richardson (1665-1745), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 121 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.

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Burlington's profound architectural knowledge and his position in society made him the arbiter of English architectural taste. Called 'The Apollo of the Arts' by Horace Walpole, he was inspired by the work of Palladio and Inigo Jones and promoted the Palladian style, a reaction against the Baroque. An early patron of Handel, he also encouraged the production of Italian opera in London. In this portrait by Richardson, he holds in his right hand a pair of dividers and rests his elbow on a pedestal bearing an earl's coronet and a coat of arms. The pavilion in the background is the 'Bagnio' or bath-house designed by Burlington for his gardens at Chiswick House. 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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