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. He is dressed in the appropriate clerical garb of the day: wig, hat, dark-grey coat, and black waistband over an ‘apron’. 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)

See this painting in the Beige Gallery

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