This head and shoulders portrait, three-quarter view, shows the subject looking over his right shoulder with his hand raised to his chin.
Self-Portrait in Character by John Hamilton Mortimer, 17701780
© Towner Art Gallery
- 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.'
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