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Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg

Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg, by Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg, 1805-1810 -NPG 2493 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg

by Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg
50 in. x 40 in. (1270 mm x 1016 mm)
NPG 2493

This portraitback to top

NPG 2493 is dated according to the apparent age of the sitter; it is the only known painted self-portrait by De Loutherbourg. Might the distinctive arm-rest have been the ‘rising arm rest with stuffed top’ in the De Loutherbourg sale (Coxe, 18 June 1812)?

Physical descriptionback to top

Brown eyes, white hair; wearing a red scarf, blue coat, red waistcoat and black breeches; round the edge of his palette (from the left): flake white with vermilion above, yellow ochre, brown ochre, raw umber, burnt umber and ivory black; in the centre a flesh tint.1

1 See F. Schmid, Burl. Mag., CVIII, 1966, pp 520-21.

Provenanceback to top

Mrs De Loutherbourg; C. H. Woolford, Edinburgh, 1910;1 F. B. Daniell, London, from whom purchased 1931.

1 Inscribed photograph in NPG archive.

Exhibitionsback to top

British Self Portraits, Arts Council, 1962 (41); De Loutherbourg, Kenwood, 1973 (I); Panoramania, Barbican, 1988 (90); Sehsucht, Bonn, 1993 (III.i).

Reproductionsback to top

R. Page 1814 (half-length oval) from the Original Picture in the Possession of Mrs Loutherbourg (for the Encyclopaedia Londinensis).

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.

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