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ID number: BIRBI-43.9
Institution: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker: Reynolds, Sir Joshua (1723-1792)
Title / Object name: Portrait of Richard Robinson, D.D.
Object type: Painting
Place made: London
Date made: 1779
Materials: Oil on canvas
Measurements: 142.3 x 114.5 cm
Provenance: Purchased from Reynolds about 1775; remained at the Primate's house, Rokeby Hall, Ireland and passed to the estate of his nephew Sir John Friend Robinson; Sir Richard Robinson, 1832; Sir John Stephen Robinson; Sir Gerald W.C. Robinson, 1895; Sir Richard Harcourt Robinson,1903; Mrs Maud H. C. Montgomery (only daughter of Sir John Stephen Robinson); Richard Johnston Montgomery in 1912,; Richard Aston Montgomery; purchased from J. North & Co., Dublin, 22 July 1943, lot 19, for £5,355
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.
Notes: Exhibited: Royal Academy, 1775 (233); Dublin, Royal Hibernian Academy, Old Masters, 1902-3 (11); National Gallery, 1944.
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