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Study for 'Patrons and Lovers of Art'

19 of 24 portraits on display in Room 19 at the National Portrait Gallery

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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