Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait miniature of a Gentleman, wearing blue coat and white tied cravat 

Richard Bull (1777-1809)

Portrait miniature of a Gentleman, wearing blue coat and white tied cravat, Richard Bull
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Watercolour on ivory
18th Century
Oval, 44mm. (1 1/2in.) high
 
Executed in around 1780, this portrait of an unknown gentleman was probably painted in Bullís native Dublin (it is housed in a typically Irish frame of the period). He then arrived in London in about 1790, exhibiting at the Royal Academy from 1794. Presumably hoping, like many other portrait painters, to make his fortune in the capital city, Bull seems to have had reasonable success. Working from the distinguished address of Pall Mall from about 1795, he attracted prestigious sitters, including the future George IV, the Duke of York and Lord Nelson.
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