William HogarthJames Quin, Actor c.1739

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Artist
William Hogarth (1697‑1764)
Title
James Quin, Actor
Date c.1739
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 760 x 622 mm frame: 965 x 843 x 95 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1904
Reference
N01935
Not on display

Summary

This picture, one of Hogarth's most successful bust-length male portraits, depicts the actor James Quin (1693-1766). Quin's pose is deliberately theatrical, his head turned to the right, his eyes raised upwards as if in search of divine inspiration. The figure is framed within a feigned, carved stone roundel. Quin's expressive countenance accentuated by the inventive way in which Hogarth has painted his long wig, the right side cascading down his coat, while the left is swept back behind the shoulder. Indeed, the whole ensemble reveals a conscious debt to the conventions of the Baroque… (read more)

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