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This striking portrait is the result of the coming together of an accomplished artist at the start of his London career aiming to demonstrate his abilities and a sitter confident in his professional and personal position. Van Loo depicts the thirty-three-year-old Murray ‘in undress’, without a wig and wearing an informal velvet suit, waistcoat and hat.
William Murray (1705–1793), Later 1st Earl of Mansfield
oil on canvas
H 91.5 x W 71 cm
purchased with the assistance of the National Art Collections Fund (London Historic House Museums Trust)