Benjamin West
Sir Thomas Beauchamp-Proctor, Bt 1777

Artwork details

Benjamin West 1738–1820
Sir Thomas Beauchamp-Proctor, Bt
Date 1777
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1264 x 1003 mm
Frame: H: 1502 mm, W: 1250 mm, D: 80mm
Acquisition Presented by the daughters of Maj-Gen. G.E.H. Beauchamp through the Art Fund 1941
Not on display

Display caption

This portrait shows Sir Thomas Beauchamp-Proctor (1756-1827), 2nd Baronet of Langley Park, Norfolk. The portrait of his wife, Mary Palmer, can be seen on the other end of this wall. Having recently completed the ‘grand tour’ of the most important cultural sites in Europe, Sir Thomas is shown in a van Dyckian composition, leaning nonchalantly on his cane set against a classical column and richly decorated curtain.

Benjamin West was an American artist; born in Pennsylvania, he arrived in London in 1763 where he achieved great success, becoming President of the Royal Academy.

February 2010

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