- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 1264 x 1003 mm
Frame: H: 1502 mm, W: 1250 mm, D: 80mm
- Presented by the daughters of Maj-Gen. G.E.H. Beauchamp through the Art Fund 1941
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.
Gallery label, February 2010
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