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JOSHUA REYNOLDS (1723- 1792)

A Portrait of Richard Robinson

London, 1779

Oil on canvas

142.3 x 114.5 cm


The Englishman Richard Robinson (1709-1794) was made Archbishop of Armagh in 1765, so when this portrait was painted he was Primate of Ireland.

Nonetheless, Robinson is shown dressed as a country gentleman, the only reference to his religious position being a distant church spire, to the left.  The portrait was commissioned to hang at Robinson’s newly-built house, Rokeby Hall in County Louth.  It is one of four versions and is a replica of a work exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1775.  It was at this annual exhibition that Reynolds established his reputation as the leading portraitist of the day.


Purchased 1943 (No.43.9)

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