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Francis Price

Francis Price, by George Beare, 1747 -NPG 1960 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Francis Price

by George Beare
1747
30 in. x 25 in. (762 mm x 635 mm)
NPG 1960

Inscriptionback to top

Signed: Geo: Beare/Pinxt. 1747.

This portraitback to top

The sitter, as recorded in his epitaph, [1] 'directed the many and great repairs' to the cathedral for seventeen years before his death in March 1753. The date 1736 presumably also commemorates 17 February of that year when Bishop Sherlock gave fifty tons of timber for repairs to the roof of the choir. [2]

Footnotesback to top

1) A Description of that Admirable Structure, the Cathedral Church of Salisbury, 1744, pp 130-31.
2) Salisbury Chapter Act Books, 1736, p 249, Diocesan Record Office.

Physical descriptionback to top

Grey-brown eyes, grey eyebrows, the right darker, florid complexion, white wig to shoulders; pale grey coat, top button undone, white cravat and cuffs; in his left hand a pair of brass-mounted dividers and an architectural drawing inscribed on the Eastn+ of/Cathl Sarum/1736; dark grey-brown background; grey oval painted to represent joinery.

Conservationback to top

Small patch of retouching to the wig and forehead above the right eye.

Provenanceback to top

Presented, 1922, by Martin Leggatt; 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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