Robert West; Matthew William Peters

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Robert West; Matthew William Peters, by Matthew William Peters, 7 November 1758 - NPG 2169 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Robert West; Matthew William Peters

by Matthew William Peters
charcoal, 7 November 1758
16 in. x 21 1/2 in. (406 mm x 546 mm)
Purchased, 1927
Primary Collection
NPG 2169


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  • Matthew William Peters (1742-1814), Painter and Chaplain to the Prince Regent. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist associated with 16 portraits.
  • Robert West (died 1770), Irish painter, draughtsman and teacher. Sitter in 1 portrait.

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  • Matthew William Peters (1742-1814), Painter and Chaplain to the Prince Regent. Artist associated with 16 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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In this ambitious drawing Matthew William Peters has shown himself having his portrait taken by his master, the Irish painter, Robert West, who excelled in chalk and crayon drawings. West set up an influential drawing school in Dublin where Peters trained before coming to London, probably in 1759, to study under Thomas Hudson. Peters made several trips to Italy and France, becoming the pupil of Pompeo Batoni in Rome, but eventually decided to give up his artistic career and entered the Church in 1781. Although he produced a range of portraits and genre scenes, he is best remembered for his mildly erotic pictures of women.

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