1 of 23 portraits of James Northcote
by James Northcote
oil on canvas, 1784
29 in. x 24 in. (737 mm x 610 mm)
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- James Northcote (1746-1831), Painter; pupil and biographer of Sir Joshua Reynolds. Sitter associated with 23 portraits, Artist associated with 103 portraits.
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- James Northcote (1746-1831), Painter; pupil and biographer of Sir Joshua Reynolds. Artist associated with 103 portraits, Sitter associated with 23 portraits.
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Northcote painted many self-portraits. Here, he depicts himself with one hand holding a palette and brushes. The other hand is raised to his forehead as if seeking inspiration, the sort of gesture sometimes found in portraiture of the Romantic period. This portrait was painted in London at a time when he was trying his hand at genre and history painting.
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On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery