James Waldegrave, 1st Earl Waldegrave

1 portrait on display in Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery

James Waldegrave, 1st Earl Waldegrave, by Gustaf Lundberg, circa 1738-1740 - NPG 1875 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

James Waldegrave, 1st Earl Waldegrave

by Gustaf Lundberg
pastel, circa 1738-1740
27 1/4 in. x 21 3/8 in. (692 mm x 543 mm)
Purchased, 1920
Primary Collection
NPG 1875


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Educated in France, James Waldegrave embraced Protestantism in 1715 and was made a Lord of the Bedchamber to George I in 1723. Two years later he became the British envoy to Paris. He spent 1727-30 as ambassador to Vienna and then ten years as ambassador to Paris. Created a Knight of the Garter in 1738, Waldegrave is seen here with the ribbon and star of the Order. Dating from his last years of his embassy to Paris, the portrait may be the work of Gustav Lundberg, a Swedish pastellist who worked in Paris from 1717.

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