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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Alexander Pope

studio of Michael Dahl
circa 1727
30 in. x 25 in. (762 mm x 635 mm)
NPG 4132

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. [1] 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. [2]

Footnotesback to top

1) W. K. Wimsatt, The Portraits of Alexander Pope, 1965, p 93.
2) Ibid, p 95, plates 10.1, 10.2.

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.

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