by Thomas Hudson, after Jonathan Richardson
oil on canvas, (circa 1718)
40 1/4 in. x 34 3/8 in. (1022 mm x 872 mm)
Transferred from British Museum, 1879
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- Matthew Prior (1664-1721), Poet, politician and diplomat. Sitter associated with 26 portraits.
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Painted for Lord Harley, one of Prior's main patrons, Richardson's animated composition shows the poet at the point of inspiration. This copy, by Richardson's pupil Thomas Hudson, is one of many painted for Prior's admirers.