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Study for 'Patrons and Lovers of Art'

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Study for 'Patrons and Lovers of Art', by Pieter Christoffel Wonder, circa 1830 - NPG 795 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Study for 'Patrons and Lovers of Art'

by Pieter Christoffel Wonder
oil on canvas, circa 1830
21 5/8 in. x 19 in. (549 mm x 483 mm)
Given by Edward Joseph, 1888
Primary Collection
NPG 795

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This is a preliminary study for a painting of an imaginary gallery populated by the leading art collectors and patrons of the day. A more finished study for the same painting hangs alongside.
Seated is George Wyndham, 3rd Earl of Egremont (1751-1857) who is best known for his association with Turner at Petworth House in Sussex. He was a significant patron of contemporary artists and a founder of the British Institution in 1805. Standing to the left in profile is the MP Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850), then Home Secretary, who was an important art patron, particularly of Lawrence. Standing with his arms folded is David Wilkie (1785-1841), the only artist in the imaginary gallery. He was a friend of Wonder and the leading genre painter of the period.

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