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Lord Halifax and his secretaries

1 of 16 portraits by Daniel Gardner

Lord Halifax and his secretaries, attributed to Daniel Gardner, after  Hugh Douglas Hamilton, circa 1765-1767 - NPG 3328 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Lord Halifax and his secretaries

attributed to Daniel Gardner, after Hugh Douglas Hamilton
gouache, circa 1765-1767
17 3/4 in. x 38 in. (451 mm x 965 mm)
Purchased, 1947
Primary Collection
NPG 3328

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  • Daniel Gardner (1750?-1805), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 16 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Hugh Douglas Hamilton (1739-1808). Artist associated with 40 portraits.

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Lord Halifax (right) in mauve suit with his ribbon and star as a Knight of the Garter, dictates to a secretary while another secretary holds sealing wax to a candle. The two secretaries are probably Edward Sedgwick and Lovell Stanhope, as identified by Horace Walpole when a version of the composition was exhibited at the Society of Artists in 1767. The composition bears the date 1765, when Halifax was secretary of state for the southern department, Sedgwick under-secretary for American affairs, a sub-division of the department, and Stanhope another under-secretary (only in 1765).

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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