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Alexander Pope

2 of 4 portraits on display in the Drawing Room at Beningbrough Hall

Alexander Pope, attributed to Charles Jervas, circa 1713-1715 - NPG 112 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Alexander Pope

attributed to Charles Jervas
oil on canvas, circa 1713-1715
70 in. x 50 in. (1778 mm x 1270 mm)
Purchased, 1860
Primary Collection
NPG 112


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  • Alexander Pope (1688-1744), Poet. Sitter associated with 44 portraits.

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  • Charles Jervas (1675-1739), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 40 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

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Charles Jervas's portrait, in which the poet strikes his favourite meditative pose, was painted just as Pope had begun his translation of Homer's Iliad. The unusual composition may refer to the conflict between fame, represented by the bust of Homer in the top-left corner, and private friendship, symbolised by the figure of the woman who may be a portrait of Pope's close friend Martha Blount. 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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