Thomas Patch

1 portrait

Thomas Patch, by Thomas Patch, late 1760s - NPG 6913 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Patch

by Thomas Patch
etching, late 1760s
11 3/8 in. x 13 5/8 in. (290 mm x 345 mm) plate size
Purchased with funding from the Elizabeth Weisz Fund, 2011
Primary Collection
NPG 6913


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  • Thomas Patch (1725-1782), Painter and engraver. Sitter associated with 3 portraits, Artist associated with 5 portraits.

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  • Thomas Patch (1725-1782), Painter and engraver. Artist associated with 5 portraits, Sitter associated with 3 portraits.

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This unusual self-portrait shows Patch with a bull's body and horns seated in the countryside outside Florence, a background which is found again in Patch's painted portrait of John Ker, 3rd Duke of Roxburghe. The print comes from the engraved series, 'The Twenty-Five Caricatures', most of which are dated 1769 or 1770. The design for this self-portrait is seen in reverse, as a painting hanging on the wall in the background of one of Patch's caricature groups (Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter). The proverb given in Latin and Italian translates as 'he that humbleth himself shall be exalted' and the Greek can be translated as 'the impression of a man'. By portraying himself with the body of a bull, coupled with Latin, Italian and Geek inscriptions that relate to his humiliation , this portrait provides an insight into Patch's artistic practice, personality and self-perception after his exile from Rome.