Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue
Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford (1676-1745), Prime Minister
'that poor man', Queen Caroline described him 'avec ce gros corps, ces jambes enflées et ce vilain ventre'. 
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Referencesback to topA Catalogue of the Right Honble Sir Robert Walpole's Collection of Pictures, 1736, MS, The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York.
A Description of the Villa of Mr Horace Walpole at Strawberry-Hill, near Twickenham ... , 1784.
'Country Homes: Houghton Hall, Norfolk', Country Life, XXII, 1907 and XLIX, 1921.
F. W. Hilles, Letters of Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1929.
W. S. Lewis, Horace Walpole (A. W. Mellon Lectures, 1960-61), 1961.
Pictures etc at Houghton, 1744, MS, Hertfordshire County Record Office (Knebworth III).
J. H. Plumb, Sir Robert Walpole, the Making of a Statesman, [I], 1956.
J. H. Plumb, Sir Robert Walpole, the King's Minister, [II], 1960.
R. Robertson(?), A Description of the Pictures at Houghton Hall, 1750, NPG archives.
Toynbee et al. (ed.) 1903-05, 1918-25
The Letters of Horace Walpole, Fourth Earl of Orford, ed. by Mrs P. Toynbee and others, 1903-05, 1918-25.
R. J. B. Walker, A Catalogue of Paintings ... Palace of Westminster, 1960 (unpublished MS).
H. Walpole, Aedes Walpolianae, 1752.
This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, 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.