- Extended Catalogue Entry
by James Northcote
oil on canvas, 1784
29 in. x 24 in. (737 mm x 610 mm)
Sitterback to top
- James Northcote (1746-1831), Painter; pupil and biographer of Sir Joshua Reynolds. Sitter associated with 23 portraits, Artist associated with 103 portraits.
Artistback to top
- James Northcote (1746-1831), Painter; pupil and biographer of Sir Joshua Reynolds. Artist associated with 103 portraits, Sitter associated with 23 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Northcote painted many self-portraits. Here, he depicts himself with one hand holding a palette and brushes. The other hand is raised to his forehead as if seeking inspiration, the sort of gesture sometimes found in portraiture of the Romantic period. This portrait was painted in London at a time when he was trying his hand at genre and history painting.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Holmes, Richard, The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2013, p. 23
- Holmes, Richard, Insights: The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2005, p. 18
- Piper, David, The English Face, 1992, p. 254
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 463
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 370
Events of 1784back to top
Current affairsTheatre proprietor and postal reformer John Palmer runs the first mail coach in England, between Bristol and London. A three day journey is now completed in 16 hours.
Commutation Act reduces punitive duties on tea to combat smuggling.
Art and scienceAeronaut James Sadler makes the first hot air balloon flight in Britain, from Oxford to Woodeaton.
Chemist Henry Cavendish's paper Experiments on Air reveals the composition of water.
Writer Samuel Johnson dies.
Joshua Reynolds succeeds Allan Ramsay as Painter to the King.
InternationalThomas Jefferson's Land Ordinance passed by the United States' Continental Congress, coming into effect the following year. It allows for the sale of land in the largely unmapped west of the country.
Britain receives its first bales of cotton from the United States since before the War of American Independence.
William Pitt's India Act creates a Board of Control to oversee the affairs of the British East India Company and centralise power.