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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Lundberg probably met British ambassador James Waldegrave through Carl-Gustav Tessin. This image was made using a wet pastel technique, in which pastel powder was mixed with a liquid, such as gum or water, and applied with a brush or the artist's fingers. Skilled pastellists were appreciated in France and Lundberg became spectacularly successful. The French King even overlooked Lundberg's Protestant faith to admit him to the exclusive Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in 1741. 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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