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Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford

7 of 12 portraits on display in Room 11 at the National Portrait Gallery

Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford, by John Michael Rysbrack, 1738 - NPG 2126 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford

by John Michael Rysbrack
terracotta bust, 1738
26 in. (660 mm) high
Purchased, 1926
Primary Collection
NPG 2126


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Artistback to top

  • John Michael Rysbrack (1694-1770), Sculptor. Artist associated with 16 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.

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Although this bust is signed and dated 1738, it is now thought that Rysbrack made it earlier. Identical in all but medium to a 1726 marble bust at Walpole's country house at Houghton Hall, it is likely that the terracotta bust started life as the marble bust's clay model, which was subsequently fired, signed and dated 1738. 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. 197
  • Piper, David, The English Face, 1992, p. 128
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 470