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Unknown man, formerly known as Richard Wilson

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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Unknown man, formerly known as Richard Wilson

by Unknown artist
circa 1735
30 in. x 25 in. (762 mm x 635 mm)
NPG 1327

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NPG 1327 appears in this catalogue because it was once supposed to be a self portrait of Richard Wilson [1]. But it is an unsophisticated self portrait apparently of c.1735 (Cooper compared the sitter with ‘some inmate of Newgate prison’). A similar portrait appears in the background of a portrait of Lancelot Tolson Tilly of c.1735, sold Sotheby’s, 7 April 1965, lot 181.

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1) Illus. as such A. Bury, Richard Wilson, 1947, pl.1.

Referenceback to top

Cooper 1948
D. Cooper, Burl. Mag., XC, 1948, p 115.

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Blue eyes, purple beret, wearing a blue coat; his palette displaying, left to right: blue, green, two umbers, red and yellow; a blank canvas on the easel and a green drape to the left.

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Presented by Sir Hugh Percy Lane 1902.


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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