Self-Portrait in Character by John Hamilton Mortimer

This head and shoulders portrait, three-quarter view, shows the subject looking over his right shoulder with his hand raised to his chin.


Oil on canvas
60.9 x 49.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£875 ( Total: £1,750)
Acquired in:
Spink & Son

He wears a striped turban and a pale yellow cloak. It was said that Mortimer 'was fond of the wild, the savage, and the wonderful; and it was his pleasure in this fine picture to imagine himself a chief of banditti, a Rob Roy of the mountains, and to stamp a sort of poetic grandeur on his looks and on his costume.'

Venue details

Towner Art Gallery Devonshire Park, College Road, EASTBOURNE East Sussex BN21 4JJ 01323 434670

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