- Sir George Howland Beaumont, Bt 1753–1827
- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 756 x 1016 mm
- Presented by the Dowager Lady Beaumont 1828
George Beaumont is better known as a patron of the arts than as a painter. He was instrumental in founding the National Gallery and a leading taste-maker of the time – he famously disliked JMW Turner’s paintings. Although Beaumont was not a professional painter, this picture shows his ambitions. It depicts Jacques, a character in Shakespeare’s play As You Like It. By using a literary subject, Beaumont may have intended to elevate the picture to the realm of serious art.
Gallery label, October 2019
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