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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Robert Baddeley (1733-1794), Comedian

See also L. A. Hall, Catalogue of the Dramatic Portraits in the Theatre Collection of the Harvard College Library, I, p 45, and P. H. Highfill, K. A. Burnim & E. A. Langhans, A Biographical Dictionary of Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800, 1973-93, I, pp 201-02.

1780-85
Miniature by John Smart, bust-length oval. Royal Collection (illus. R. J. B. Walker, The eighteenth and early nineteenth century Miniatures in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen, 1992, no.310).

1781
Painting by Johann Zoffany, full length as Moses in Sheridan’s School for Scandal. Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight (illus. Cat. of Earlier British Paintings, 1999, p 183). Exhibited RA 1781 (246).

c.1782
Painting by George Carter, The Immortality of Garrick.

c.1790?
Drawing by Henry Spicer, bust-length oval, as a member of the School of Garrick, wearing the Shakespeare Ribband and Favour. Garrick Club (G. Ashton, Pictures in the Garrick Club, ed. K. A. Burnim & A. Wilton, 1997, no.22). Members of the School of Garrick, a club which lasted until the early 19th century, wore small medallions bearing the image of Shakespeare, and a multi-coloured ribbon ‘in imitation of the Rainbow’ as an emblem of the great variety of Shakespeare’s genius (G. Ashton, Pictures in the Garrick Club, ed. K. A. Burnim & A. Wilton, 1997, p 6).

1792
Painting attributed to Thomas Hardy, half-length wearing the Shakespeare Ribband, see c.1790? above. Garrick Club (G. Ashton, Pictures in the Garrick Club, ed. K. A. Burnim & A. Wilton, 1997, no.21). Engraved W. Ridley 1793. This portrait is identified by Ashton as that exhibited RA 1792 (164).

1794
Drawing attributed to Richard Cosway and etching by Sylvester Harding, see NPG 2541.

Other depictions of Baddeley in character include paintings by Zoffany as Jollop in Foote’s The Mayor of Garratt, 1764 (private collection) and as Canton in The Clandestine Marriage, 1772 (Garrick Club; G. Ashton, Pictures in the Garrick Club, ed. K. A. Burnim & A. Wilton, 1997, no.23), and by De Wilde as Grubbin in Steele’s The Tender Husband (Garrick Club; G. Ashton, Pictures in the Garrick Club, ed. K. A. Burnim & A. Wilton, 1997, no.20); drawings by Thomas Parkinson as Trinculo in The Tempest (British Museum; Burney I, no.105) and by Mather Brown as Peter in Henry VI part II (British Museum; Burney I, no.102; illus. D. Evans, Mather Brown: an early American artist in England, 1982, no.315).



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.