After John Hamilton Mortimer Self-Portrait date not known

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Artist
After John Hamilton Mortimer 1740–1779
Title
Self-Portrait
Date Date not known
Medium Oil paint on wood
Dimensions Support: 314 x 254 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Mrs M. Bernard 1968
Reference
T01041
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Mortimer was most famous for his scenes of romantic outlaws (‘banditti’). He was also notorious for his dissolute lifestyle and was known as ‘the English Salvator’: a reference to the famous seventeenth-century Neapolitan painter of such themes, Salvator Rosa. According to legend, Salvator himself lived as an outlaw.

This is a copy by an unknown artist of a self-portrait by Mortimer. The image prompted a nineteenth-century commentator to write that Mortimer ‘was fond of the wild, the savage, and the wonderful; and it was his pleasure in the fine picture before us to imagine himself a chief of banditti’.

August 2004

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