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George Arnald

George Arnald, by George Arnald, 1831 -NPG 5254 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

George Arnald

by George Arnald
29 1/2 in. x 24 1/2 in. (749 mm x 622 mm)
NPG 5254

Inscriptionback to top

Signed and dated lower right: G. Arnald 1831.
An old ink-written label on the (renewed) stretcher reads: George Arnald 1831 (Portrait of himself).

Physical descriptionback to top

Whole-length seated to left in his studio, holding palette and mahl-stick, a landscape on an easel behind; black frock-coat, white waistcoat, grey trousers, black shoes; bookshelves to left, box of brushes and colours right; background consists of the end wall of the studio flanked with red curtains and an enormous framed picture, 'The Castle of Gloom' (exhibited RA 1814); curly brown hair, brown eyes, pale complexion, apparent age about 60.

Provenanceback to top

Colonel M. H. Grant; bought from his estate c.1962 by Montagu Bernard and given by him in 1979.

Exhibitionsback to top

'Artists at Work' NPG Loan Exhibition 1981-2 (10).

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, 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.

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