|Artist||John Barlow after Sir Joshua Reynolds|
|Published||Published as the Act directs, Feby. 14th, 1797 by W. Clarke No. 38, New Bond Street.|
|Dimensions||Image 140 x 137 mm, Sheet 221 x 238 mm|
A three-quarter length portrait of Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford, turned to left with his right elbow resting on a cloth covered table with books, papers, quills, and an ink pots on it, his head resting on his right hand, he looks at the viewer, and is dressed in a plain dark coloured suit with waistcoat, and a white shirt with lace cuffs and collar; in and oval with a vignette view of Walpole's mansion Strawberry Hill below.
Horatio (Horace) Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford (Septemebr 24, 1717 - March 2, 1787) was an English art historian, writer, collector, antiquarian, and Whig politician. He is best known for his Gothic revival mansion Strawberry Hill and for being the author of the first Gothic novel The Castle of Otranto.
John Barlow (fl. c. 1759/60 - 1810) was a reproductive engraver working in London.
Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792) was one of the most important figures of the eighteenth century art world. He was the first President of the Royal Academy and Britain's leading portrait painter. Through a series of lectures on the Discourses on Art at the Royal Academy he defined the style later known as the Grand Manner, an idealised Classical aesthetic. He had a profound impact on the theory and practice of art and helped to raise the status of portrait painting into the realm of fine art. A flamboyant socialite, Reynolds used his social contacts to promote himself and advance his career becoming one of the most prominent portrait painters of the period.
Condition: Small light stain to right of image.