Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham (1730-82)

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Downing Street
  • About the artist
    Joshua Reynolds was the dominant artistic personality during the age of George III. He was born in Plympton, Devon. From 1750 to 1752 he studied the work of the Old Masters in Rome. Reynolds returned via Florence and Paris, and settled in London in 1753. In 1759 he painted a portrait of the future king, George, Prince of Wales (Royal Collection). After George’s accession the following year, Reynolds was dismayed to learn that Allan Ramsay had been made Principal Painter to the King. This marked the beginning of increasing hostility between Reynolds and the King. Nonetheless, by 1760 Reynolds had established himself as the leading portraitist. He became President of the Royal Academy in 1768 and was knighted the following year.
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    Materials & Techniques
    mezzotint
  • Details
    Title
    Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham (1730-82)
    Date
    published 17 June 1775
    Medium
    Mezzotint
    Acquisition
    Bequeathed by Sir Edward Walter Hamilton, 1908
    Inscription
    in ink, bottom right: 15/-
    Provenance
    Bequeathed to 10 Downing Street by Sir Edward Walter Hamilton, 1908
    GAC number
    0/20/16