Alexander Pope

1 portrait

Alexander Pope, by William Hoare, circa 1739-1743 - NPG 873 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Alexander Pope

by William Hoare
red chalk, circa 1739-1743
6 5/8 in. x 4 1/2 in. (168 mm x 114 mm)
Purchased, 1891
Primary Collection
NPG 873

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Sitterback to top

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

Artistback to top

  • William Hoare (1707-1792), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 73 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.

This portraitback to top

This portrait was apparently drawn without Pope's knowledge. It is an unusually candid image of the four foot, six inch poet whose growth had been restricted as a result of an illness at the age of twelve. Possibly as a result of his appearance, Pope took great interest in the many portraits that were painted of him, seeking to control how he was portrayed.
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).

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Kerslake, John, Early Georgian Portraits, 1977, p. 217
  • Rogers, Malcolm, Master Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery, 1993 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 August to 23 October 1994), p. 43
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 500