- Extended catalogue entry
Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue
studio of Michael Dahl
30 in. x 25 in. (762 mm x 635 mm)
This portraitback to top
‘My portrait, by Dahl, I have sent a week ago to your nephew’ wrote Pope to his publisher Jacob Tonson, 7 June 1732. It is not known, however, whether he refers to a canvas or to an impression of John Simon's mezzotint engraving inscribed M.Dahl Pinx. 1727/J.Simon fec.1728.  Three oils are known, none clearly pre-eminent: NPG 4132; a somewhat better version of the type at Reading University, Faculty of Letters, and a copy at Wilton House, collection Earl of Pembroke. 
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Physical descriptionback to top
Grey-green eyes, short grey wig, fresh complexion; bright blue gown trimmed with dark brown fur, white shirt open at collar; white quill in his right hand; grey-green background.
Conservationback to top
Some comparatively recent retouchings between the eyebrows.
Provenanceback to top
Bought, 1959, from William Dawson of Pall Mall; in the possession, 1939, of B. F. Stevens and Browne of Little Russell Street from whom acquired, in or after 1942, by Peter Murray Hill; previous history not known.
Exhibitionsback to top
'Local Treasures', Ealing Museum Society, 1969.
Reproductionsback to top
Engraved by J. Simon, 1728.
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.