Sir William Beechey

Joseph Nollekens

exhibited 1812

Artist
Sir William Beechey 1753–1839
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 762 x 635 mm
frame: 970 x 845 x 90 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with assistance from the Rev. R.E. Kerrich 1835
Reference
N00120

Not on display

Display caption

Beechey had a distinguished career as a portrait painter that spanned more than sixty years. He was taught by Johann Zoffany, and in 1793 became Queen Charlotte's portrait painter.

Here he portrays the sculptor, Joseph Nollekens whose fame and fortune rested principally on his portrait busts in plaster or marble. His most popular busts, including those of the politicians Charles James Fox and William Pitt, were mass-produced in large quantities by his assistants.

Gallery label, August 2004

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