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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Agostino Carlini (circa 1718-1790), Sculptor

Sculptor; b. Genoa, he was in London by 1760, when he exhibited at the Society of Artists, London; a foundation member of the RA 1768, where he exhibited between 1769 and 1787 and became Keeper 1783.

‘When Carlini was Keeper of the Royal Academy, he used to walk from his house to Somerset-place, with a broken tobacco-pipe in his mouth, and dressed in a deplorable great coat; but when he has been going to the Academy-dinner, I have seen him getting into a chair, and full-dressed in a purple silk coat, scarlet gold-laced waistcoat, point-lace ruffles, and a sword and bag’ (J. T. Smith, 1828).

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.