John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute by Sir Joshua Reynolds

This full-length portrait shows the Earl in Garter robes, advancing slightly to the left, but looking round to the right.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
240 x 150 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,000 ( Total: £2,000)
Acquired in:
1958
Vendor:
3rd Earl of Wharncliffe

He holds his hat in his right hand, and stands between a column and an urn. The prevailing colour in this figure is a silvery white, with the blue of the mantle subdued so that despite the grandeur of dress and pose, the eye is at once led to the tactile flesh-tints of the face and to the sardonic expression, sensitive mouth, and black eyebrows of the much-criticised statesman Earl.

Provenance

3rd Earl of Wharncliffe

Venue details

National Portrait Gallery St Martin's Place, LONDON London WC2H 0HE 020 7306 0055 www.npg.org.uk

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