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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Robert Baddeley (1733-1794), Comedian

Actor; originally a pastry cook, by 1763 he was established at Drury Lane, excelling as a low comedian.

‘With crab-apple phiz, and a brow that’s disdainful,/See Baddeley smile with fatigue that is painful;/From his dissonant voice, and the form of each feature,/You’d swear him the favorite child of Ill-nature’ (Anthony Pasquin, 1786).

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.