5 of 20 portraits of Horace Walpole
- Extended catalogue entry
Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue
by Sir Thomas Lawrence
10 1/8 in. x 7 3/4 in. (257 mm x 197 mm)
Inscriptionback to top
The previous mount was inscribed in an early 19th-century hand: Horace Walpole Earl of Orford/by Sir Thos Lawrence.
This portraitback to top
Lysons considered it ‘a most characteristic and excellent likeness’,  and Lord Glenbervie wrote of Evans's engraving that 'It is a head, a mere outline, but the most striking likeness I ever saw, for the features and expression'.  A copy by Harriet Elizabeth Onslow 1797 is in the Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif.
Farington recorded (Joseph Farington, Diary, 18 August 1795) that at this time Lawrence intended ‘to draw & form a collection’ of distinguished persons and that 'Lord Orford is the first He has made, with this view'.
Footnotesback to top
Referenceback to top
Adams & Lewis 1970
C. K. Adams & W. S. Lewis, 'The Portraits of Horace Walpole', Wal. Soc., XLII, 1970, A13.2.
K. Garlick, ‘A Catalogue of the paintings, drawings and pastels of Sir Thomas Lawrence’, Wal. Soc., XXXIX, 1964, p 239.
Provenanceback to top
Samuel Lysons (1763-1819); Lysons sale, Knowles, Gloucester, 21 April 1887, lot 317, bought Sir Spencer Walpole (d. 1907); presented by his daughter Mrs Maud C. Holland 1948.
Exhibitionsback to top
A Candidate for Praise, William Mason 1723-97, Precentor of York, 1973 (43); British Portraits, Tokyo, 1975-76; Hyenas in Petticoats, Dove Cottage, The Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere, 1997 (17).
Reproductionsback to top
T. Evans 1798, inscribed T. Lawrence R.A. ad vivum del. 1796 (for Walpole's Works); H. Meyer from a drawing by W. Evans 1811; J. Thomson 1822.
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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