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Horace Walpole

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This portrait by Reynolds was given by the sitter to Grosvenor Bedford, Walpole's deputy at the Exchequer. One contemporary observer described the portrait as 'very like' but 'a little too plump'; another noted how Walpole had a complexion of 'a most unhealthy paleness', though the portrait's pallor may be due in part to Reynolds's notorious use of fugitive pigments. Walpole is shown with a print of the ancient Roman marble eagle he had acquired in 1745.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London

  • Date

    c.1756–1757

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    127.2 x 101.8 cm

  • Accession number

    6520

  • Acquisition method

    Purchased with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund and the Dame Helen Gardner Bequest, 1999

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