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Sir Robert Taylor (1714–1788), Architect of the Bank of England, Founder of the Taylor Institution

Photo credit: Taylor Institution, University of Oxford

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Marcus Binney (biographer of Sir Robert Taylor) says that the other version/copy of this portrait held in the Royal Institute of British Architects is 'unsigned' but on the evidence of an engraving in the British Museum is by William Miller (c.1740–c.1810) and dates from c.1782/1783. Binney says Sir Robert became a Sheriff of London in 1783 and is wearing Sheriff’s robes in the portrait. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography also attributes the painting to William Miller.

Taylor Institution, University of Oxford



oil on canvas


H 150 x W 100 cm (E)

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presented by Reverend John Vane, 1835

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Taylor Institution, University of Oxford

St Giles', Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3NA England

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