Study for 'Patrons and Lovers of Art'

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This is a preliminary study for a painting of an imaginary gallery populated by the leading art collectors and patrons of the day. Seated is George Wyndham (1751–1857), 3rd Earl of Egremont, who is best known for his association with Turner at Petworth House in Sussex. He was a significant patron of contemporary artists and a founder of the British Institution in 1805. Standing to the left in profile is the MP Sir Robert Peel (1788–1850), then Home Secretary, who was an important art patron, particularly of Lawrence. Standing with his arms folded is David Wilkie (1785–1841), the only artist in the imaginary gallery. He was a friend of Wonder and the leading genre painter of the period.

National Portrait Gallery, London



Study for 'Patrons and Lovers of Art'




oil on canvas


H 54.9 x W 48.3 cm

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Given by Edward Joseph, 1888

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