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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