Sir James Hall of Dunglass by Angelica Kauffman

Half-length portrait of Sir James Hall (1761-1832) painted in Rome during Hall's scientific study trip.


Oil on canvas
70 x 50 cm
Art Fund grant:
£10,000 ( Total: £30,069; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
Mrs E Jackson

The portrait shows the young scientist neatly but not extravagantly dressed, his hair arranged fashionably but not foppishly. The most striking aspect of the portrait is his expression of concentration and thought. It is the portrait of a young man of genius who, in the next few years, was to help revolutionise geological studies.

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