Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue
Richard Wilson (1714-1782), Landscape painter
‘during the latter years of his life, his face became red, and was covered with blotches; he had a remarkable large nose [which] perhaps, may be attributed, in a certain degree to his fondness for a pot of porter, ... he wore a wig tied or plaited behind into a knocker or club, and a triangular cocked hat, according to the costume of the time’ (Thomas Hastings, 1824).
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.