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Thomas Gray

1 of 13 portraits of Thomas Gray

Thomas Gray, by John Giles Eccardt, 1747-1748 - NPG 989 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Gray

by John Giles Eccardt
oil on canvas, 1747-1748
15 7/8 in. x 12 7/8 in. (403 mm x 327 mm)
Purchased, 1895
Primary Collection
NPG 989

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  • Thomas Gray (1716-1771), Classical scholar and poet. Sitter in 13 portraits.

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  • John Giles Eccardt (active 1740-died 1779), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 20 portraits.

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This portrait was commissioned by Gray's life-long friend, Horace Walpole. In his hand is his poem Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College; Eton being the place where the two men had first met in their youth. 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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  • Kerslake, John, Early Georgian Portraits, 1977, p. 106
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 261
  • Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantic Icons, 1999, p. 13

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