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- Extended catalogue entry
Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue
by Jonathan Richardson
24 1/8 in. x 18 in. (613 mm x 457 mm)
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Although undated and apparently unique, NPG 1179 is very near a profile drawing with bay wreath of 1737 at Windsor Castle.  The handling of the oil is free and sensitive and possibly one of Richardson's most successful portraits. The first extant dated drawing of the laureate poet is a three-quarter face dated 31 January 1733/34 in the British Museum  in which the sitter appears slightly older than in NPG 1179.
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Profile; grey eye, light brown eyebrow, wisps of dark hair just visible beneath dark green bay wreath, pale complexion; grey-blue gown over white shirt; brown background.
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A number of small retouchings, including a large one on the eyebrow.
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Presented, 1898, by Alfred A. de Pass of Cliffe House, Falmouth; previous history unknown.
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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On display in Room 10 at the National Portrait Gallery