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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Thomas Walker (1698-1744), Actor

Actor and dramatist; first appeared at Drury Lane in December 1715, and thereafter in many roles on the London stage; made his reputation as the original Captain Macheath in 'The Beggar's Opera', 29 January 1728; wrote a few indifferent plays; died on tour in Dublin.
Walker is described as having a good face, figure and presence. [1]

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1) Dictionary of National Biography, XX, pp 542-43.

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Paulson 1971
R. Paulson, Hogarth: His Life, Art and Times, 1971.

Raines 1966
R. Raines, Marcellus Laroon, 1966.


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.