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Hugh Boulter

2 of 7 portraits by Francis Bindon

Hugh Boulter, by Francis Bindon, based on a work of circa 1742 -NPG 502 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Hugh Boulter

after Francis Bindon
based on a work of circa 1742
48 7/8 in. x 39 1/2 in. (1242 mm x 1003 mm)
NPG 502

This portraitback to top

Crudely painted, NPG 502 is conceivably an early copy of Francis Bindon's portrait at Trinity College, Dublin, painted in 1742 as a 'memorial of the Archbishop's charitable efforts during the famine of 1740-41’. [1] Although the sitter is shown much younger in Thomas Beard's mezzotint, 1728, after Matthew Ashton, the design is similar to NPG 502 and the face mask close to Bindon's.

Footnotesback to top

1) W. G. Strickland, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Pictures ... in Trinity College, Dublin, and in the Provost's House, Dublin, 1916, pp 10-11; Dictionary of National Biography, II, p 915.

Physical descriptionback to top

Brown eyes and eyebrows, broad face, double chin, long grey wig; white bands, rochet and chimere, a black cap in his right hand; high-backed chair covered in green leather(?); plain dark brown background; lit from the right.

Conservationback to top

Dirty; possible damage extends approximately three inches downwards from the bottom right hand corner of the bands; surface cleaned, polished, restored and varnished 1878 and 1895.

Provenanceback to top

Bought, 1878, from R. Gibbings of Trinity College, Dublin, by whom stated to have been in the Castle Caldwell collection, County Fermanagh; on loan to the National Gallery of Ireland, 1899-1969.


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.

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