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John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich

1 of 24 portraits of John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich

John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, by Joseph Highmore, 1740 - NPG 1977 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich

by Joseph Highmore
oil on canvas, 1740
48 in. x 36 in. (1219 mm x 914 mm)
Given by an anonymous donor, 1923
Primary Collection
NPG 1977


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  • Joseph Highmore (1692-1780), Painter. Artist associated with 54 portraits.

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Aged nineteen, Sandwich made an intrepid Grand Tour to Italy, Greece, Turkey and Egypt. This portrait celebrates his adventure and shows him wearing the exotic fur-lined costume - complete with turban and dagger - that he had adopted when travelling in the East. His experiences and interests are seen in the view of Istanbul's Haghia Sophia and the drawing of the Pyramids on the table.

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