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Robert Barclay Allardice

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Robert Barclay Allardice, by and published by Robert Dighton, published June 1809 - NPG D10727 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Robert Barclay Allardice

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published June 1809
10 3/4 in. x 7 7/8 in. (273 mm x 199 mm) plate size; 12 1/2 in. x 8 1/8 in. (317 mm x 206 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D10727


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  • Robert Dighton (1751-1814), Portrait painter, caricaturist and actor. Artist associated with 271 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

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This etching, drawn from life, depicts Barclay during his most infamous performance. On another occasion in 1808 he had started out one day at 5.00am, walked 30 miles grouse-shooting, had dinner, walked 60 miles to his house at Ury in 11 hours, walked a further 16 miles to Laurence Kirk, danced at a ball there, returned to Ury, arriving at 7.00 am and then spent that day partridge-shooting. In short he had walked almost 130 miles and had been without sleep for two nights and three days.

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