William Shenstone

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William Shenstone, by Edward Alcock, 1760 - NPG 263 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

William Shenstone

by Edward Alcock
oil on canvas, 1760
59 3/8 in. x 39 1/4 in. (1508 mm x 997 mm)
Purchased, 1868
Primary Collection
NPG 263


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  • Edward Alcock (died 1782), Artist. Artist associated with 2 portraits.

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In this portrait by Alcock, Shenstone is depicted in a classically-inspired interior setting. Through the arch is a view of the village of Halesowen and the 'ruinated priory' which he erected in the grounds of Leasowes. When describing the portrait in a letter to his fellow-poet Richard Graves, he identified the greyhound as 'my faithful Lucy'. 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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