Robert West; Matthew William Peters

1 portrait

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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Sittersback to top

  • 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.

Artistback to top

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

This portraitback to top

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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Current affairs

Comet observed in previous centuries returns exactly at the time predicted by astronomer Edmond Halley and is subsequently known by his name.

Art and science

Liverpool-born artist George Stubbs sets up in London as a painter. James Woodforde, an English country parson, begins a detailed diary of everyday life, which is later published as Diary of a Country Parson.

International

Seven Years' War: British General John Forbes captures the strategic French stronghold Fort Duquesne and renames it Pittsburgh after British Secretary of State, William Pitt the Elder. British troops capture Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. Pope Clement XIII succeeds Pope Benedict XIV as the 248th pope.

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