John Hamilton Mortimer with a student

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John Hamilton Mortimer with a student, after John Hamilton Mortimer, circa 1765 - NPG 234 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

John Hamilton Mortimer with a student

after John Hamilton Mortimer
oil on canvas, circa 1765
29 in. x 24 in. (737 mm x 610 mm)
Given by Elizabeth Twining, 1867
Primary Collection
NPG 234

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  • John Hamilton Mortimer (1740-1779), History painter. Sitter in 6 portraits, Artist associated with 11 portraits.

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  • John Hamilton Mortimer (1740-1779), History painter. Artist associated with 11 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.

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Drawing Greek and Roman sculptures was a cornerstone of eighteenth-century artistic education. Such sketches were believed to refine artistic taste and give an understanding of anatomical perfection that complimented knowledge gained through life-drawing. John Hamilton Mortimer is probably depicted here in the Duke of Richmond's sculpture gallery in Whitehall. It contained casts of classical works from the best European collections and was open to students, allowing artists to train without the expense of a continental Grand Tour. Mortimer did not visit Italy but became a successful portraitist and history painter.

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