The Death of the Earl of Chatham, by John Singleton Copley, 1779-1781 - NPG L146 - Tate 2018; on loan to the National Portrait Gallery, London

Tate 2018; on loan to the National Portrait Gallery, London

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The Death of the Earl of Chatham

by John Singleton Copley
oil on canvas, 1779-1781
90 in. x 121 in. (2286 mm x 3073 mm)
Lent by Tate Gallery, 1968
NPG L146

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Laurence RIVIALE

24 October 2017, 08:33

Dear Madam,
Dear Sir,
The display caption in Tate Britain for one of the two preparatory oil paintings of The Death of Chatham explains, as the present article does, that the event took place on april 7th 1778, whereas the title of the picture is July 7th 1778 (in Tate Britain).
Could you tell me the right date please ?
Besides, an engraving in the British museum by William Angus shows the painting exhibited in Spring Gardens in 1781 ; Copley was RA in 1781 ; why was it not exhibited in the RA ?
Many thanks for your help
Laurence Riviale
Lecturer, University of Clermont-Ferrand, France

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