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Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke

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Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke, studio of Michael Dahl, circa 1737-1743 - NPG 872 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke

studio of Michael Dahl
oil on canvas, circa 1737-1743
49 1/2 in. x 39 1/2 in. (1257 mm x 1003 mm)
Purchased, 1891
Primary Collection
NPG 872


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  • Michael Dahl (1659-1743), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 168 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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Although the handling of this portrait is somewhat hard and mechanical, the design is undoubtedly Michael Dahl's. The sitter wears the black brocaded gown of the Lord Chancellor, an office he received in 1737. The chancellor's purse is on the table. The armchair is surmounted with an earl's coronet, apparently an alteration by a later hand (Hardwicke became earl in 1754). 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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