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Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford

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Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford, by Arthur Pond, 1742 - NPG 6085 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford

by Arthur Pond
oil on canvas, 1742
25 in. x 20 in. (635 mm x 508 mm)
Purchased, 1990
Primary Collection
NPG 6085


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  • Arthur Pond (1701-1758), Painter and engraver. Artist associated with 31 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

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Whig statesman; in all but name he was Prime Minister, 1721-42. This portrait was painted in the year of his downfall when he was drawn into an unsuccessful continental war. The portrait was probably painted in connection with the contemporary engraved series, published by the Knaptons, The Heads of Illustrious Persons of Great Britain. (caption). The portrait is housed in what the artist called an 'architrave gold frame' and what is now commonly known as a Kent of Palladian frame. (Art of)

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  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 470
  • Simon, Jacob, The Art of the Picture Frame: Artists, Patrons and the Framing of Portraits in Britain, 1997 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 November 1996 - 9 February 1997), p. 62

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