Robert Dodsley

1 portrait

Robert Dodsley, attributed to Edward Alcock, 1760? - NPG 1436 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Robert Dodsley

attributed to Edward Alcock
oil on tin, 1760?
11 3/8 in. x 9 3/4 in. (289 mm x 248 mm) oval
Given by Alfred Jones, 1906
Primary Collection
NPG 1436


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  • Robert Dodsley (1703-1764), Poet, dramatist and bookseller. Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Dodsley's friend, the poet William Shenstone, patronised the itinerant artist, Edward Alcock, and described his work: 'He finishes highly in miniature . . . he paints well in enamel.' The use of oil on tin as a support for this portrait is rare but not unique. 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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