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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple (1711-1779), Statesman

Pastel by Rosalba Carriera half length. Private collection. Inscribed as painted in Venice when the sitter was 19 years old. (B. Sani, Carriera, 1989 no.184, fig.160, and see F. Russell, Burlington Magazine, CXXXI, 1989, p 857).

Bust by Peter Scheemakers, from the Temple of Friendship at Stowe. Stowe sale, Christie’s, 6th day, 21 August 1848, lot 766 (unattributed), bought Sir Alexander Grant.

Painting by William Hoare, see NPG 258.

Painting by Allan Ramsay, whole-length standing in Garter robes. National Gallery Melbourne (A. Smart, ed. J. Ingamells, Allan Ramsay, a complete catalogue of his Paintings, 1999, no.509). The noble pose belies Temple’s physical awkwardness.

Painting by Joshua Reynolds, three-quarter length standing in Garter robes. Private collection (D. Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds, I, 2000, no.765). Exhibited RA 1776 (237). Engraved W. Dickinson 1778; S. W. Reynolds.

Painting by J. S. Copley, The Death of Chatham.

Miniature by C. F. Zincke exhibited Royal House of Guelph, New Gallery, London, 1891 (1013) lent J. Whitehead.

Doubtful Portraits
Unlettered oval engraving (London Mag. 1782; bust-length oval engraved Ridley & Holl, Earl Temple, 1797 (for a 1798 edition of Junius).

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.